Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?
Ignorant and hateful people are not behind the production of racist ideas, as Americans are taught so often during Black History Month.
When biographer Gretchen Gerzina came across an old British newspaper article calling Sarah E. Farro "the first negro novelist," she wondered: who was Farro, and why had she been lost to history?
In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.