Incarcerated women risk their lives fighting California fires – part of a long history of prison labor

by Kamala Kelkar For most of the 23 years Romarilyn Ralston spent in a California prison, she made 37 cents an hour, unable to afford crafty birthday cards for her two sons, let alone the financial support she desperately wanted to give them. Ralston did clerical and recreational work at the California Institution for Women in […]

How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s Amerika

Mamie Phipps Clark came up with the oft-cited “doll test” and provided expert testimony in Brown v. Board of Education In July 1955, black children wait to register for school in Lawrence County, Arkansas, as schools desegregate in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. (Gordon Tenney / Smithsonian National Museum of African American History […]

How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War History

  Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta by Kara Walker, 2005, from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)(SAAM, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2005 Kara Walker) via New exhibition@americanart gives 150-year-old Civil War illustrations a provocative update

Taking a knee against racism in Georgia

By Dianne Mathiowetz  Atlanta, Oct. 22 — Five young Black women, students at Kennesaw State University, have ignited a struggle here against white supremacy and racism that has spread beyond their campus. They took a knee as the national anthem was played on Sept. 30 prior to the KSU Owls football game.They have said they […]

600 Days: The Repatriation and Resurrection of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

by Nancy Scheper-Hughes An Interview with Dr. Jorge González, former Director of the Cuban Forensic Institute in Havana. From this murdered man are born all the men of tomorrow’: ‘The death and resurrection of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’, by Alicia Leal. Fifty years ago ‘Che’ Guevara was captured and brutally executed  in the jungles of Bolivia by […]