My Black History: Underground's Aisha Hinds Learns The Power of Art Through Nelson Mandela
Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just in books. It walks among us. So this month The Root is asking writers and other notables about the personal and pivotal events from their own lifetimes in a series we call My...
Separate, But Equal: Rare Images from Segregated South
Despite the hardships imposed by segregation in the Deep South, the vibrant African American heritage displayed in this film reveals a little known black middle class community in Mississippi. Photographer H.C. Anderson captured it all as his neighbors lived their lives separately but -- in many ways -- equally.
James Baldwin's written works made him an important spokesman of the Civil Rights Movement. His essays explored the black experience in America and his novel,"Giovanni's Room," was one of the first to tackle homosexuality.
How the Civil Rights Movement Created a New Political Awareness
They were children when the civil rights marches of 1965 changed the world forever, and now they have children of their own. They are the Selma High School class of 1971, and they have vivid memories of the turbulent period leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Mardi Gras Indians Bring Colorful History to New Orleans
Roughly three dozen tribes, known collectively as the Mardi Gras Indians, perform in their neighborhoods on New Orleans during the big festival. Their origins date back to the 18th century, when slaves would gather to play traditional African music.