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“…The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” James Baldwin


On this date, March 1st, in 1780, Pennsylvania became the first state to abolish slavery (sort of…).


Let’s Celebrate Women!

Today (2/29) is a “bridge” day between Black History Month and the month in which the world observes International Women’s Day (3/8). To celebrate, ABHM brings you two powerful videos.

A powerful recitation by Alfre Woodard of Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” (from YouTube)

And an exhibition, “MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe,” at another entirely virtual museum, the International Museum of Women ( Here’s a video introduction to the Motherhood exhibit.


Panel On Civil Disorders Calls For Drastic Action To Avoid 2-Society Nation

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NY Stock Exchange Recognizes African-American Pioneers (VIDEO)

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Chimpanzee Productions Seeks Interns

PBS Documentary and Multimedia Outreach Project Seeks Editing & New Media Interns


Octavia Spencer: I’m done with the bad parts

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Octavia Spencer of ‘The Help’ wins best-supporting actress Oscar for role she inspired

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Commentary: Remembering Black Atheists From History

The growing African-American atheist movement wants to remind you that not all Black heroes found haven in the church.


New Monument Honors Last American Slave to Die

A new monument in Mississippi is honoring the last American slave to die. Read the article:


The Pressure of Preserving Our Legacy

The head curator for the national African-American museum tells The Root what goes into his job. Read the full article: