History Stories
CATEGORY: Civil Rights Movement
Why MLK Encouraged 225,000 Chicago Kids to Cut Class in 1963
March 14, 2018

'Freedom Day' didn’t succeed, but it made de facto school segregation the talk of Chicago. Read More

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

This Isn’t the First Time Conspiracy Theorists Have Accused Student Activists of Being ‘Paid Actors’
February 23, 2018

Students were targeted during the Civil Rights movement, too. Read More

The Revolution That Was 1968
February 23, 2018

As simmering political and cultural resentments exploded in 1968, nearly every week produced news of another earth-shattering event. 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

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

Six Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
February 5, 2018

Though their stories are sometimes overlooked, these women were instrumental in the fight for equal rights for African-Americans. Read More

For Martin Luther King Jr., Nonviolent Protest Never Meant ‘Wait and See’
January 12, 2018

In later speeches, his language became more assertive, as he urged those with privilege to reject the comfort of the status quo—and jump into the fray. Read More

The Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 10, 2018

It took 15 years of fighting for MLK Day to be declared a national holiday—but some states pair it with a holiday celebrating Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. Read More

What’s Next for 2018?
December 15, 2017

Our team of historians, experts and thought leaders have come up with lessons of the past to help us understand the future. Read More