Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , chats with African-Americans during a door-to-door campaign in 1964.
African-American minister, theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, left a profound influence on Martin Luther King Jr.
Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey appear during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 8, 2007.
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Throughout American history, being a black celebrity has been a political act in and of itself. When viewed through this lens, the transition into politics for someone like Winfrey is more natural.
Keisha Lance Bottoms.
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The city's image as a model for black mobility and civil rights is crumbling. An expert on race and class politics takes us behind the veneer of one of the South's most important cities.
A man changes a flag to half-staff near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
Data show the vast majority of people killed by gun violence are black and live in urban areas.
Some gay gang members are open about their sexuality, but others remain in the closet, fearing they could endanger themselves or the status of their gang.
A sociologist spent two years interviewing gay gang members. While some were in the closet and others were openly gay, all were forced to reckon with an environment of hypermasculinity.
When were the seeds of racism sown in the US and why is it so hard to root out?
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
A photograph of Penn Station’s interior from the 1930s.
We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn't resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
People gather around a truck to get food on Detroit’s east side in July 1967. The food was brought to the riot-stricken area by the Crisis Council, one of the many organizations aiding residents.
In the film 'Detroit,' the voices of women are largely absent.
A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967.
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Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.
Gebhard Fugel, ‘An den Wassern Babylons.’
Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.
Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots, 1917.
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Thousands marched in silence against racial violence after a riot left hundreds of blacks dead and thousands homeless. The demands of black people in 2017 remain the same as they did in 1917.
Can services be refused to same-sex couples?
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There are three very different kinds of liberty. When people talk about religious liberty, what kind of liberty they might mean?
Michael Jackson sings during the opening performance of a 13-city U.S. tour in 1988.
AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa
The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
Five generations of a slave family.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
In the work of many rappers today, the legacy of Tupac Shakur lives on.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed on Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans.
AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld
Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans and many other cities are problematic. But a mere erasure will not address the issues around racism and racial inequality.
Man has his hair cut by his father in Goldsboro, Florida.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
From 1921 to 2000, no black jockeys competed.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry walks off the court after a game against the Denver Nuggets in February.
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To white Americans, the idea that skin color and toughness go hand-in-hand might seem odd. But in the black community, it's a big deal.