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“Get up, Stand Up!” Peter Tosh: A revolutionary life

“Get up, Stand Up!” Peter Tosh: A revolutionary life

On September 11, 1987, unidentified assailants ambushed and assassinated the Rasta musician and revolutionary Peter Tosh in Kingston, Jamaica. The very poverty and violence Tosh dedicated his life to speaking out against ultimately claimed his life. Armed with a...

When Native people in North Carolina drove out the KKK

When Native people in North Carolina drove out the KKK

Racists defeated in 1958 Battle of Hayes Pond In the 1950s, the movement for civil rights had gained serious momentum, shaking the system of Jim Crow white supremacy to its core and provoking a vicious response from its supporters. The most notorious group that fought...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Ed

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Ed

What is the legacy of this historic civil rights victory? Nearly sixty years ago, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, declaring segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional, after an intense...

The long history of Black and Palestinian solidarity

The long history of Black and Palestinian solidarity

International solidarity in the face of racism The acquittal of racist murderer George Zimmerman sparked outrage and demonstrations not only in the United States, but all around the world—including in Palestine. Many Palestinians circulated pictures of themselves...

Communism and Black resistance in the 1930s South

Book review: "Hammer and Hoe" Photo: Univ. of North Carolina Press “Hammer and Hoe,” a 1990 book written by historian Robin D.G. Kelley, chronicles the development of a communist movement in Alabama during the Great Depression. It highlights the struggles communists...