For These Families, H.B.C.U.s Aren’t Just an Option. They’re a Tradition.

America’s network of Black colleges were founded to provide essential opportunity. For many, they’ve come to offer something else: a link to a treasured legacy.

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Enslaved to a U.S. Founding Father, She Sought Freedom in France

Brought from America to Paris by John Jay, an enslaved woman named Abigail died there trying to win her liberty as the statesman negotiated the freedom of the new nation.

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Marking a Different Thanksgiving Tradition, From West Africa

Liberian Americans have a complicated relationship with their holiday that plays out in the foods they make and the ways they reflect on a proud and difficult history.

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8 Black Women Who Are Mayors in Some of the U.S.’s Biggest Cities

Black women achieved a historic milestone as mayors of eight major American cities this year. Political analysts say the record number points to “the age of Black women in politics.”

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‘America’s Oldest Park Ranger’ Is Only Her Latest Chapter

Betty Reid Soskin has fought to ensure that American history includes the stories that get overlooked. As she turns 100, few stories have been more remarkable than hers.

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The Travel Industry’s Reckoning With Race and Inclusion

Tourists, particularly Black travelers, are paying close attention to how destinations and travel service providers approach diversity and equity after a year of social justice protests.

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Jam & Lewis Shaped Pop History. They’re Working on Its Future, Too.

The writing and production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis helped give Janet Jackson and others decades of hits. Now they’re bringing their “newstalgic” sound to their own LP.

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What Does It Mean to Be Crowned ‘Miss Juneteenth’?

For contestants, it’s a pageant, yes, but also a place to celebrate Black sisterhood and promote a deeper understanding of a complex holiday.

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Remembering Cheryl White, the First Black Female Jockey

Fifty years ago, Cheryl White became America’s first licensed Black female jockey when she was just 17 years old. So why doesn’t the world know her name?

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The Next Great Image Makers

Four young photographers talk creativity, opportunity and race.

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Two Creators on Inventing (and Reinventing) Black Superheroes

We asked Eve L. Ewing and Evan Narcisse to share perspectives on the politics of being a Black comic-book writer and the Black superheroes you may have missed.

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A Black Superman? It’s Happened, and Could Again.

As renewed rumors of a Black Superman movie swirl, here is the complicated history of reimagining the most iconic comic hero as a Black man.

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Augusta Savage, the Black Woman Artist Who Crafted an Unlikely Life

At the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance, Augusta Savage fought racism to earn acclaim as a sculptor, showing her work alongside de Kooning and Dalí. But the path she forged is also her legacy.

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How Can Blackness Construct America?

A new collective of Black architects and artists, formed out of a show now at MoMA, aims to “reclaim the larger civic promise of architecture.”

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Did Black Lives Matter Change the Fashion Industry Yet?

Tracking an industry where Black representation has been rare.

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How We Celebrate Black Heroes Can Obscure How Change Happens

Every year for a month, we celebrate the heroes of Black history. But these stories can obscure how change happens and who gets left behind.

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