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History of Racism in the U.S.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the

most ferocious enemy justice can have.”


James Baldwin


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Autherine Lucy Foster, First

Black Student at University of

Alabama, Dies at 92

The New York Times, March 2022

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A Call to Remember the

200,000 Black Troops Who

Helped Save the Union

The New York Times, Feb. 2022

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A Deadly Riot, and Then 3 Trials,

110 Convictions and 19 Executions

The New York Times, Feb. 2022

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A century ago, Mississippi’s

Senate voted to send all the

state’s Black people to Africa

The Washington Post, Feb. 2022

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The Slave Trade Didn’t

Come Out of Nowhere

The New York Times, Feb. 2022

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200,000 Black men fought in the

Civil War. Some lawmakers want

to give them the Congressional

Gold Medal.

The Washington Post, Feb. 2022

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We Still Can’t See American

Slavery for What It Was

The New York Times, Jan. 2022

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More than 1,700 congressmen 

once enslaved Black people. 

This is who they were, and how
they shaped the nation.

The Washington Post, Jan. 2022

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A historian says newspapers were

a pillar to uphold the white-supremacist political economy.

Insider, Oct. 2021

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A Secret City With a Secret

African American History

The New York Times, June 2022

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They Called Her ‘Black Jet’

The Atlantic, April 2022

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The only all-Black women’s unit

sent to Europe during WWII is awarded a Congressional medal

The 19th, March 2022

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How the Origins of

Epidemiology Are Linked

to the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Time, September 2021

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Nantucket Doesn't

Belong to the Preppies

The Atlantic, August 2021

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The Harlem Hellfighters Were

War Heroes. Then They Came

Home to Racism.

The New York Times, August 2021

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The Complete List of Marxist,

Un-American, Anti-White Things (According to White People)

The Root, June 2021

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I Visited A Former Plantation

To Understand Why People Get Married There. All I Saw Was Pain.

BuzzFeed, June 2021

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Tulsa isn’t the only race

massacre you were never taught

in school. Here are others.

The Washington Post, June 2021

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Forgetting Why We Remember

The New York Times, May 2021

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Beyond Tulsa: The Historic

Legacies and Overlooked Stories of America’s ‘Black Wall Streets’

Time Magazine, May 2021

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Georgia park wants to ‘tell the truth’ about world’s largest Confederate monument. Others want it gone.

The Washington Post, May 2021

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The Victims of the Philadelphia

MOVE​ Bombing Continue

to be Erased

The New Yorker, May 2021

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FBI pressured to answer for

domestic-spying program tied

to Black Panther Fred Hampton’s killing in 1969

The Washington Post, May 2021

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The Stealth Sticker Campaign to Expose New York’s History of Slavery

The New York Times, May 2021

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Maryland governor grants posthumous pardons for

34 Black lynching victims

Washington Post, May 2021

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How Gerrymandering

Began in the US


History, April 2021

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The legacy of racism built into Northwest highways and roads


Crosscut, April 2021

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A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways


NPR, April 2021

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Race, Policing, and History — Remembering the Freedom House Ambulance Service


New England Journal of Medicine, April 2021

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The Crimson Klan


The Harvard Crimson, March 2021

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The Eternal Fantasy of

a Racially Virtuous America


The New Republic, March 2021

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We were warned about a

divided America 50 years ago.

We ignored the signs.


The Washington Post, March 2021

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The History of Slavery in

the U.S. Catholic Church


The Washington Post, March 2021

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The Senate filibuster has a racist

past and present. End it so

America can move forward.


USA Today,  March 2021

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Forging Black Identity in

1986 -We Were the Last of

the Nice Negro Girls


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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The Magazine That Helped

1920s Kids Navigate Racism


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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The Real Rosa Parks Story Is

Better Than the Fairy Tale


The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

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Stories of Slavery, From

Those Who Survived It


The Atlantic,  Feb. 2021

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Tipping Is a Legacy of Slavery


The New York Times,  Feb. 2021

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I Desegregated the University

of Georgia. History Is Still in

the Making.


The New York Times,  Jan. 2021


The Flawed Genius of

the Constitution


The Atlantic, Sept. 2020


The Whole Story in a Single Photo


The Atlantic Jan. 2021

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The Haunting of Tulsa, Okla.


The New York Times, Dec. 2020


Goodbye to a Symbol That Told Black Americans to ‘Know Your Place’


New York Time, July 2020


An ongoing initiative that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.


NYT Magazine, Aug. 2019

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The Racial Bias Built

Into Photography

The New York Times, April 2019

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For Black travelers, Seattle’s

‘Green Book’ offered more than

just places to dine and sleep

The Seattle Times, Feb. 2019

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The History of Racism in America:

158 Resources


Smithsonian Museum

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Bob Moses, Crusader for

Civil Rights and Math

Education, Dies at 86

The New York Times, July 2021

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Before Zaila Avant-garde, these

Black spellers made headlines

The 19th, July 2021

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The War on History Is a War

on Democracy

The New York Times, June 2021


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2 hours, 18 min.



2 hours, 5 min.

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How America Invented Race

9 min.

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King in the Wilderness

1 hour, 51 min.



2 hours, 3 min.



2 hours, 14 min.

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Race — The Power

of an Illusion


Three 1 hour episodes

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Stone Ghosts In The South: Confederate Monuments And America's Battle With Itself


27 min.

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Traveling While Black

A series of short interviews 

from the Washington Post

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Twelve Years a Slave

2 hours 14 min.

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Crash Course Black

American History

Series of short videos

hosted by Clint Smith

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Titus Kaphar: Can

Art Amend History?


TED Talk, 13 min.

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Tulsa: The Fire and

the Forgotten

1 hour 25 min.


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Anti-Racism Daily

Each week, we’ll unpack the most critical current events preventing all of us from being well – and outline tangible ways you can take action in your relationships, neighborhood, workplace, and community.

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Black History for

White People

#BHforWP is a multiethnic collective dedicated to loving black and brown people by educating, resourcing, and challenging white people to actively participate in racial justice. 

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Black History Year

Black History Year connects you to

the history, thinkers, and activists

that are left out of the mainstream conversations.

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Divided by Design

Features discussions with advocates, historians, & experts about how race intersects with health, wealth, criminal justice, housing, & voting rights

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Fresh Air

The Remarkable Life of

Frederick Douglass (46 min.)

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The failure of Reconstruction helps explain why race, “states’ rights,” and the legacy of the Confederacy remain central themes in our

politics today. (8 episodes)


Seeing White

Fourteen-part documentary

series, released between

February & August 2017


Who We Are: A Chronicle

of Racism in America

An examination of the white supremacist foundation on which

the nation’s legal, political and social systems were built.

Additional Resources

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African American


History Society


Anti-Racism Daily

Email a day pairing current events with historical context & personal reflections


The Atlantic

163 years of The Atlantic’s writing on race and

racism in America


The Black

Heritage Society of

Washington State


Black Past

6,000 page reference center

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Black Quotidian

Everyday history in 

African-American newspapers


Equal Justice


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Facing History

and Ourselves


National Museum

of African American History and Culture


Push Black

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Race — The Power

of an Illusion

Online companion to documentary series

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Schomburg Center

for Research in

Black Culture

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Seattle Civil Rights &

Labor History Project

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Slavery and





158 resources about

racism in America.



Education Project

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