History Stories
CATEGORY: Black History Month
How Freedom Rider Diane Nash Risked Her Life to Desegregate the South
March 8, 2018

Now an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, Nash was arrested dozens of times for non-violent protests—including while six months pregnant. Read More

How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
February 22, 2018

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It lost him his career. Read More

The Real History Behind the Black Panther
February 15, 2018

Looking behind the curtain of Marvel's wealthiest superhero. Read More

Frederick Douglass’s Emotional Meeting With His Former Slave Master
February 13, 2018

They cried. They reminisced. The master told Douglass he would have run away, too. Read More

Frederick Douglass at 200: Still Bringing the Thunder
February 10, 2018

Keeping America focused on hard truths, he believed, is necessary to a strong democracy. Read More

How the Black Panthers’ Breakfast Program Both Inspired and Threatened the Government
February 6, 2018

The Panthers’ popular breakfast programs put pressure on political leaders to feed children before school. Read More

The Man Behind Black History Month
February 2, 2017

Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) dedicated his life to educating African Americans about the achievements and contributions of their ancestors. Read More