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Under Armour Honors Misty Copeland With Hashtag That Led to a Car Full of Flowers

Under Armour couldn't sit idly by on Tuesday when Misty Copeland was named the first African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history—not after the famous TV spot that helped burnish both dancer and brand. Show More Summary

An inside look the historic career of 'unlikely ballerina' Misty Copeland, who went from 'pretty much homeless' to dance superstar

Misty Copeland was already arguably the most famous ballet dancer in the United States. But this week, the 32-year-old made history: she became the first African American woman to be named principle dancer with the legendary American Ballet Theatre. Show More Summary

Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist

Many African Americans see the difference between an official hate crime and an act of “vandalism” as an issue of semantics, especially given the long, painful history of racists intentionally — and largely independently — setting fire to black churches all over the country. The post Why ‘Unconnected’ Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Misty Copeland makes history as first African American to become principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland made history on Tuesday, when American Ballet Theatre announced that she is being promoted to principal dancer—making her the first African American ballerina to ever reach the top rank in the elite dance company. Copeland...Show More Summary

Capture the Flag: A Brief History of Defacing Confederate Banners

Bree Newsome was tired of watching the Confederate battle flag fly on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. So on Saturday morning, the 30-year-old African American activist and singer-songwriter from North Carolina put on a harness, climbed 30 feet, and took down the flag herself. Show More Summary

Historic Freedmen's Bureau records released

last weekArts : Artdaily

On the 150th anniversary of ?Juneteenth? (June 19), the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the Smithsonian?s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and FamilySearch announced the digital release of 4 million Freedmen?s Bureau historical records. Show More Summary

A New Project Is Digitizing 1.5 Million African American History Records From the Civil War

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project will index millions of 19th century family and work records from freed slaves.

This Project Will Help Millions Of African Americans Find Their Ancestors

Millions of African Americans will soon have a new window into their family history and lineage thanks to the Freedmen's Bureau Project. The organization will be digitizing hundreds of hand-written records gathered by the Freedman's Bureau Office between 1865 and 1872. Show More Summary

To Eliminate ‘Racist’ US History, Nation of Islam Leader Wants to ‘Put The American Flag Down’

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is going beyond the purge of the Confederate flag from American history. He wants the racist American Flag eliminated, too. Many African Americans are

Misty Copeland Is 1st Black Ballerina to Perform as the Swan Queen With the American Ballet Theatre

It's a bit alarming that folks are still achieving the "First Black Person To..." honor, but alas, that history is being made and doors are being broken down for African Americans is a beautiful thing.

9 Iconic Photographs from African American History

These iconic photographs below were selected from the book Through the African American Lens by TIME magazine. Many of the images in the book are taken by famous photographers such as Spider Martin, Gordon Parks, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Show More Summary

Family records for slavery-era black Americans to be made available, free, online

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The records will be online by late next year, to coincide with the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington. Read the rest

Charleston Lawmaker Will Introduce Hate Crime Legislation In Wake Of Church Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Many Americans treat the United States' history of racism, and the racist sentiments that persist in the country today, as background noise. But following Wednesday's massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, that noise has gotten louder. Show More Summary

News Analysis: From Ferguson to Charleston and Beyond, Anguish About Race Keeps Building

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week has generated more pointed questions about Americans’ understanding of their country’s divisive history.

Charleston shooting echoes a painful history of attacks on black churches

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

‘The church, itself born out of a protest movement, is a symbol’ for many African Americans – and terrorizing houses of worship goes back centuries During a 1998 trial following the 1995 race-related burning of a black church in South Carolina, one witness on the stand recalled a casual...

Bill Clinton's 1996 Speech On Church Attacks Shows Nothing Has Changed

The names of the nine black Americans killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were added to a long, under-recognized history of events of the same hateful nature as the Charleston massacre. “The fact that this took place...Show More Summary

American history is one giant terror regime against African Americans

On Wednesday, a white man attacked an entire building full of black worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In reaction, Jamil Smith writes in the New Republic: It gets harder to love thine enemy the more we come to know them. Show More Summary

Writer Attica Locke on America's woven, tangled history

The Sunday Conversation: The author of the upcoming mystery 'The Cutting Season' reflects on African Americans' past, screenwriting and Texas barbecue.

This Day in History: The Good News of the Emancipation Proclamation Finally Reaches Texas

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas to share one message: The Civil War had ended, and all enslaved African Americans were now free because President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. read more

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