Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey liked to take credit for breaking the color barrier. In truth, it was the culmination of a long campaign waged by the left wing press and labor unions.
The 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts was the first state-sponsored showcase of the work of black artists, musicians and poets.
Much has been written about Robinson’s first major league game. Far less is known about the first integrated spring training game in Florida.
Sanders can't win the South without the support of black voters, and he doesn't have that.
In 1942 a man called Walter White travelled to Hollywood to try and persuade filmmakers to cut the negative stereotypes of African Americans in movies.
Seventy years ago, a horrific beating left a black World War II vet blind. His determined fight for justice would earn the support of Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie – and even the president.
Do expectations about the "right" parent involvement take into account America's large diversity?
The most-tweeted live television event was a hit with black audiences, who also noticed a shift in the ads that aired.
Past hiring discrimination appears to lead African Americans to cast a wide net, while women tend to seek out roles historically associated with their gender.
The hoopla surrounding the novel's release is misguided; after all, how much power could a novel written 50 years ago wield in today's charged environment?
Black Like Us? – a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art – looks at how blackness has been portrayed in American art through the years.
Why studying South Carolina's history led to one graduate student's activism -- and how that experience informs his reflections on the Charleston killing.
While the Charleston shooting is unusually horrifying, many of the themes of this tragedy are symptomatic of the nature of hate violence in our country
So long as we treat each mass shooting, each black death as an isolated tragedy, there's nothing we can do. Things can change if we look for the patterns.
Racial inequality in America has its parallel in caste inequality in India. What can the world's two largest democracies learn from each other?
The film-maker's latest project is perfectly in tune with a 30-year career spent chronicling the African-American urban experience.
Before being crowned the "King of the Blues," a young Riley King honed his on-stage persona and made crucial contacts as a radio DJ.
Empathy, a trait built into the human character, can be taught and practiced by both police and communities to improve relations.
A tenured professor reflects on how her race and gender make her invisible to many.
A centrist against a liberal in Chicago but that's an outcome that reflects the city's unique political landscape