Rosa Parks changed the world on December 1, 1955, when she stood up for civil rights by sitting down. But who was the bus driver on the other side of history?
Emmett Till’s murder—and his mother's fight for justice—will be recognized across three sites in two states.
By the age of 34, Lorraine Hansberry was already the author of two plays that had appeared on Broadway. She should have been on course for a long and successful career—but tragically, that wouldn't happen. Still, her legacy has endured.
While co-founding two of the most influential HIV/AIDS organizations in the U.S., he still had time to pen a landmark play and be nominated for an Academy Award.
Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey played a major role in the early civil rights movement. This Juneteenth dish has more of a connection to him than just his name.
Booker T. Washington was one of the most influential Black leaders of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are a few facts about this innovative educator.
Some Black suffragists may not be as well known as their white counterparts in the movement, but they made an indelible impact on history.
The list of Frederick Douglass's accomplishments is astonishing—respected orator, famous writer, abolitionist, civil rights leader, presidential consultant—even without considering that he was formerly enslaved.
Even if you’ve read all of his work, there are still some things you might not know about the 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' author.
You may not have heard of these groundbreaking Black innovators and creators in fields from science to comics.
W.E.B. Du Bois co-founded the NAACP—and was a victim of McCarthyism.
From enslaved woman to Underground Railroad guide and Civil War spy, Harriet Tubman led a remarkable life.
For two decades, the original copy of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic speech was stashed inside a Harry Truman biography for safekeeping.
Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta native who became one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement, helped unite a divided nation.
With a letter opener protruding from his chest, Martin Luther King Jr. reassured everyone that everything was ok. One sneeze later, it would not have been.
In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather caused a national stir when she refused Marlon Brando’s Oscar for Best Actor in 'The Godfather.' Nearly 50 years later, the activist received a long overdue apology for the abuse and discrimination she endured.
In 1957, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond made a marathon argument against integration.
The iconic baseball player and civil rights leader will see his life story told in a New York City museum.
The Stonewall Riots were a watershed moment for the LGBTQ+ community in the US, but here are some important facts you might not know the uprising.
The civil rights activist was far more complex than his historical image as a firebrand suggests. Read on for more facts about Malcolm X.
Almost 100 years have passed since the Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed. Here are the facts you should know.
They put us on the moon, gave us Mardi Gras, and collect all our unclaimed luggage. Thanks, Alabama!
‘Kyiv’ is not a new name for the capital of Ukraine—and the Kyiv-or-Kiev discussion isn’t new, either.
Georgia Gilmore played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement—one of feeding and funding those at the frontlines. A marvelous cook, she took it upon herself to bring together a secret society-esque group of women who used food to fuel the movement.