The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
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.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.
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.
Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
Martin Luther King Jr. led one of the most successful, nonviolent resistance movements in American history. Here's a roundup of key coverage from our archive.
King led one of the most successful resistance movements in American history. It was related to his Christian faith. He urged his followers to emulate the love that Christ epitomized.
From the treatment of black World War II veterans to Emmett Till's murder, the black press helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. What role can it play today?
Hidden Figures is certainly inspirational, but the racial politics of the space programme were hardly so easily settled.
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
Black politicians throughout US history have struggled to overcome deep, negative stereotypes held against them by white Americans. Obama succeeded at the highest level. Here's how.
In the 19th century, slaveholders advertised widely for runaway slaves and often hired men to track and capture fugitives. African-American communities offered sanctuary space to the runaways.
Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?
Could a similar coalition emerge today?
If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn't literary texts be used to teach empathy?
Two major trials in the killings of black victims in South Carolina start this week. Learn about the state's past and present struggle with racial violence in this roundup.