Central Park was built on the backs of black people. Like, there’s an actual black neighborhood under the park.

Gentrification is nothing new, but did you know New York’s Central Park was built right on top of a black community? “Today marks the end of an important excavation of New York City’s Central Park to uncover the remnants of Seneca Village, an African-American community founded in the 19th century. Researchers from the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village …

Check out Rosa Parks’ recipe for pancakes.

Rosa Parks was a real person. It’s easy to look at figures of the past as larger than life when they are only pictures in the history books. A new collection of items from Ms. Parks’ personal life reveal a side of her not widely seen before. “To mark the late civil rights icon’s February 4 birthday, the Library of …

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OG Paul Robeson shows our generation how to represent.

There were classic men long before Jidenna had a hit summer song. Trust, as far as renaissance men go, Paul Robeson may very well be the godfather of black entertainers. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson held an esteemed career as an athlete, singer, and legend on the stage and screen. Most importantly, however, Robeson was an activist. Robeson …

Thugs and Terrorists Have Attacked Black Churches for Generations.

The Charleston, South Carolina shooting spree is the latest assault on these symbols of the African American community. “Late Wednesday, after a gunman murdered nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, many felt shock and anger that stoked memories of other mass shootings. Our violent nation has grieved for slain innocents at an elementary school in Newtown; a Tucson political rally; …