black-history-month

The story of all Pennsylvanians: How state experts are trying to make Pa.’s history more inclusive

BY: - February 27, 2021

What began in 2018 as an effort to bring diversity, equity, inclusion and access practices into the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) has evolved into myriad efforts to “reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania’s history.”

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How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife | Opinion

BY: - February 25, 2021

As a PBS documentary explores the history of the Black Church, a scholar looks at how African American congregations in Philadelphia weathered crises over 200 years.

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How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America | Opinion

BY: - February 24, 2021

Mapping is part of the broader Black creative tradition and political struggle.

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What I learned when I recreated the famous ‘doll test’ that looked at how Black kids see race | Opinion

BY: - February 23, 2021

A researcher recreates a famous 1940s doll experiment to probe how Black preschool children view race and themselves – and finds not much has changed.

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Women of color spend more than $8B on bleaching creams worldwide every year | Analysis

BY: - February 22, 2021

Fair skin as a beauty ideal underpins the global bleach cream industry – valued at US$8.6 billion. There is a nascent backlash against the practice, which endangers health and can perpetuate racism.

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When Black kids, shut out from the whitewashed world of children’s literature, took matters into their own hands | Opinion

BY: - February 8, 2021

The Brownies’ Book, the Defender Junior and the children’s sections of other African American weeklies gave Black children a space to tell their stories, express their anxieties and assert their ambitions.

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Allison Davis: The forgotten Black scholar who studied – and faced – structural racism in 1940s America | Opinion

BY: - February 4, 2021

W. Allison Davis (1902-1983) came of age in the generation after Woodson, but he was precisely the type of exceptional black person whom Woodson liked to uphold as evidence of black intelligence, civility and achievement.

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3 ways Black people say their white co-workers and managers can support them and be an antidote to systemic racism | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2021

People of color said they did not want to be objects of pity. Even the question “What can I do?” implies a power dynamic – someone in power reaching out to someone in need.

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Maj. Gen. Charles C. Rogers: A legacy of Black history | Charles D. Allen

BY: - February 2, 2021

Rogers was one of three African-American officer students in the U.S. Army War College Class of 1971.

Erika H. James named first African-American, woman dean of U Penn’s Wharton School

BY: - February 28, 2020

Erika H. James is bringing a passion for business education to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will be the first African American and woman to lead the school in its 139-year history.

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Black History Month 2020: When Pittsburgh was the center of Black baseball | Opinion

BY: - February 17, 2020

By Rob Ruck During the half-century that baseball was divided by a color line, Black America created a sporting world of its own. Black teams played on city sandlots and country fields, with the best barnstorming their way across the country and throughout the Caribbean. A century ago, on Feb. 13, 1920, teams from eight […]

The landmark Voting Rights Act turns 55: For Black voters, a time to reflect

BY: - February 12, 2020

With a pivotal presidential election approaching, activists and scholars say African-Americans should continue the work of protecting Black voters’ rights.