Engraving of James McCune Smith by Patrick H. Reason.
New York Historical Society
James McCune Smith was the first African American to receive a medical doctorate from a university. He dedicated his life to fighting injustice.
Oswald George Powe.
Nottingham Black Archive
Nottingham Black Archive is recovering the stories of those who made important contributions to the national story of Black British history. The UK needs more like it.
Henry ‘Box’ Brown’s arrival in Philadelphia.
Abolition in the UK tends to focus on the work of Yorkshireman William Wilberforce but there were many Black abolitionists whose tireless work has been forgotten.
Jubilee singers at Fisk University, in Nashville, Tennessee, pose for
promotional photograph, circa 1871.
William L. Clements Library
Cameras played a critical role in the quest for social equality for Black Americans in the post-slavery era.
Black patients can be wary of the medical establishment.
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Though COVID-19 has killed Black Americans at nearly twice the rate as white Americans, Black people are the least likely racial group to say they’re eager to get the vaccine.
An early 20th-century NAACP map showing lynchings between 1909 and 1918. The maps were sent to politicians and newspapers in an effort to spur legislation protecting Black Americans.
Library of Congress
Mapping is one way African Americans fight for equality and help each other navigate a racially hostile landscape.
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members at a get-out-the-vote event in 2020.
Octavio Jones/Getty Images
Members of the nation’s four Black sororities, including Vice President Kamala Harris, commit to lifelong acts of service for their communities.
School boycott picketers march across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Board of Education in 1964.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
In the 1950s, Harlem mother Mae Mallory fought a school system that she saw as ‘just as Jim Crow’ as the one she had attended in the South.
Students of School Section #13 with teacher, Verlyn Ladd, who taught at the school from 1939 to 1958. Class of 1951, Buxton, Raleigh Township, Ontario.
(Buxton National Historic Site & Museum)
An 1850 act permitted the creation of separate schools for Protestants, Catholics and for any five Black families. Some white people used the act to force Black students into separate institutions.
Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.
Sonny Hedgecock/High Point Enterprise
In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, heavily armed officers moved in on a house occupied by Black Panther activists – marking a policing trajectory toward a more militarized response to Black activism.
A newspaper boy hawks copies of the Chicago Defender.
Library of Congress
At the turn of the 20th century, with few children’s books featuring Black characters, one young editor implored his peers to ‘Let us make the world know that we are living.’
Scholar Cheryl Thompson discusses racist stereotypes, including the words used by comedians like Dave Chappelle, pictured here, in Toronto, in 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
In this episode of Don’t Call Me Resilient, host Vinita Srivastava and scholar Cheryl Thompson dive into the meaning of the n-word and the 150 years of racism embedded in it.
This illustration of Little Eva and Uncle Tom by Hammatt Billings appears in the first edition of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’
(Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive)
This is the full transcript for Don’t Call Me Resilient, episode 1: What’s in a word? How to confront 150 years of racial stereotypes and language.
Bill Robinson dancing with Shirley Temple in ‘The Little Colonel.’
(20th Century Fox)
‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ the best seller of the 19th century, is not a relic from the past. The complex Uncle Tom figure still has a hold over Black politics.
Fists raised in solidarity for George Floyd in Charlotte, N.C.
Don’t Call Me Resilient is a provocative podcast about race that goes in search of solutions for those things no one should have to be resilient for.
Tubman, left, with a few of the former slaves she helped escape.
Although millions voted to put her face on the bill in an online poll, many still don’t know the story of her life and the role faith played in it.
Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock
My research shows that white trainee teachers are willing to learn and to bring black history into their teaching, but need support to do so.
Civil rights leader Wyatt Tee Walker addresses a crowd at St. Phillips AME Church in Atlanta.
Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images
In a sermon two weeks after MLK’s funeral, civil rights leader, Wyatt Tee Walker, urged young seminarians to be hopeful and take action for making change happen. His sermon has valuable lessons today.
Afrofuturism, like the kind seen in Marvel’s Black Panther, allows Black people to imagine themselves into the future.
Afrofuturism allows Black people to not only imagine their distant futures but also how to survive the anti-Black present.
John (Army) Howard was Canada’s first Black Olympian and competed at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.
(Canadian Olympic Committee)
Canada’s pioneering Black athletes may be unknown to many, but their efforts paved the way for others who went on to perform at the highest levels.