Six of the nine people who died were black women. One year later, a Brandeis professor examines how black women have endured a legacy of racial violence in the U.S.
Historically black colleges account for only 3% of all colleges and universities. But, even today, 20% of black Americans earn their degrees at these schools.
One year on from Ferguson, the message of Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail could not be more relevant.
Forgiveness, as we have seen in the aftermath of the Charleston killings, is a hallmark of the Black Church. But what psychic toll do these acts of forgiveness exact?
On July 6, the South Carolina Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. In the past white-on-black violence has led to real change - but under specific conditions.
Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Newsome's actions can be thought of as a significant piece of performance art.
Only a hard heart could fail to respond on some emotional level when Barack Obama, eulogising at one of the most emotionally and racially charged funerals in US history, started singing Amazing Grace.
The history of the AME Church represents a preeminent case of collective action in the name of social justice.
Symbols matter – and there's no stronger symbol than a flag in a post-conflict society.
Hate violence is as diverse and widespread as ever – and its effects are legion.
What does it mean for any president, much less a black one, to use such a word?
Other 'advanced nations' make it far harder for someone like the Charleston killer to get his hands on a Glock semiautomatic handgun or any other kind of firearm.
Do academics need to change the way they teach race? What is the impact of students having been socialized to believe that "race doesn't matter"?
Does the Confederate flag tell African American citizens that they are inferior? And if so, does that violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
If Americans are hiding behind the explosion of diversity to avoid looking at racism, what can universities do about it? A lot.
Historically, Republican politicians have subtly – and not-so-subtly – exploited racial fears.
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.