Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching from his pulpit in 1960 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The church has played a vital role in America's civil rights struggle. It was the spiritual home to MLK, to the generations that shaped the vision of the late civil rights leader, and now to Sen. Raphael Warnock.
These NAACP leaders met at a 1916 conference.
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The influential civil rights group got its start following a wave of brutal white-led violence against Black people in Springfield, Illinois.
In Atlanta, people gather to dance and celebrate the election of Joe Biden as the next president.
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A set of efforts that registered 800,000 new voters since 2018 may have been the key to Georgia turning blue in a presidential election for the first time since 1992.
Neither 50 Cent, left, nor Ice Cube, right, herald a previously undetected Black male movement to reelect President Donald Trump.
Despite the attention paid by the press when two Black hip-hop artists signaled their support for Donald Trump, they do not represent swelling enthusiasm for Trump from young, Black men.
This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, file photos show President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio.
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The U.S. presidential election is again serving as a symptom and a symbol of a troubled society. Whatever the outcome, history suggests anything but a quick resolution to deeply rooted problems.
Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.
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Some calls to resolve racial inequities in the US have raised an idea with roots more than a century old: community land trusts to assemble property for the benefit of Black Americans.
Protesters at the Richmond, Virginia monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee on June 18, 2020.
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Protests of Confederate flags and monuments have grown since 2015, but resistance is not new. African Americans have been protesting against Confederate monuments since they were erected.
These people are protesting because they are tired, because they are worn out, because they are exhausted by violence against themselves and their communities.
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In current demonstrations, there are echos of a civil rights era catchphrase: People are 'sick and tired of being sick and tired.'
John Lewis, right, marched with Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for equality.
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Though he had a speech impediment and came from humble beginnings, John Lewis went on to become a giant of the civil rights movement.
John Lewis, in the foreground, is beaten by a state trooper during a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965.
Thanks to some serendipity and fortuitous timing, the images emerging out of Selma had a uniquely powerful effect on the nation.
Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31.
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When African Americans press 'record' to film police brutality, they are challenging a nation not to look away.
Demonstrators march in the Black Mamas March to protest police brutality, June 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Some lament that today's anti-racism movement has no charismatic leaders like the civil rights era did. Such comparisons don't reflect the real history of the struggle for Black equality in the US.
Police in Tulsa, Okla., march toward a crowd of demonstrators on June 20, 2020.
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Scholars who study policing explain what they have found that could help reduce police prejudice and violence.
Mourning in Minneapolis: Terrence Floyd at a vigil for his brother George Floyd on the spot where he died in police custody.
By filming everyday acts of racism, today's Black Lives Matters activists are using an old strategy in a new media age.
Throughout his career, Hughes was eager to mentor and promote the work of writers abroad.
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To foreigners, he was a fellow traveler who recognized the plight of the oppressed.
Black names have changed over the centuries.
A scholar disproves the long-held assumption that black names are a recent phenomenon.
Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton teaches a student in one of her Citizenship Education Program classes.
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Dorothy Cotton never publicly spoke about her intimate relationship with King. But no woman – not even King's wife – was closer to the civil rights icon during the last years of his life.
On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Publication was justified of information from the FBI that Martin Luther King Jr. witnessed and celebrated a woman’s rape, writes a historian, who warns the FBI had long wanted to destroy King.
Some say Till’s body was dumped from the Old Black Bayou Bridge in Glendora, Mississippi. Others dispute this detail.
Scholars continue to debate what, exactly, happened to Emmett Till the morning of his murder. But that hasn't stopped a poor Mississippi community from trying to profit off one version of the story.
Duke Ellington leads his orchestra in a rehearsal in Coventry, England, on Dec. 2, 1966.
From spirituals about the trials of slavery to the fight for civil rights and the modern rhythms of swing music, Duke Ellington told a story about black life that was both beautiful and complex.