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22 Million Reasons Black America Doesn’t Trust Banks

Marcus Anthony Hunter The Conversation
By 1871, Congress had authorized the bank to provide mortgages and business loans. Such mortgages and loans, however, were usually given to whites, creating a financial paradox -— a bank using the savings and income of black depositors to advance the economic fortunes of whites who had at their disposal mainstream banks that excluded blacks.

The Enigmatic Anarchist

Jacqueline Jones, Arvind Dilawar Jacobin
Lucy Parsons's life was rife with contradictions. But her commitment to workers' emancipation was never in doubt.

Red Velvet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater / Stage and
London’s Theatre Royal in the mid-1800s. Edmund Kean, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in Othello. He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge—a first for the role on London’s West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance?

Ella Jenkins Named 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking efforts, Ella Jenkins, aptly nicknamed the “First Lady of Children’s Music,” laid the groundwork for the field of children’s music and inspired generations of children’s music leaders who have followed in her footsteps.


W. E. B. Du Bois's Revolutions

Phillip Luke Sinitiere Public Books
A new book examines Du Bois's radicalism, tracing its career-long development.
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