Black History and Action

See our newest section: 1968 plus 50: History and Action in 2018

In honor of Black History month 2018, a team from Community Relations for DirectStarTV put together, and offered our website, an interactive timeline highlighting contributions and milestones of African Americans in Film and TV, including directors, writers, actors, and producers. They wrote: "We hope you join us in celebrating the achievements of these great men and women who helped shape Cinema and TV to what it is today."
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The following is archival material: links need checking and additional material -- contributions welcome!

2016: Black-led Racial Justice Organizations, a list from Stand up for Racial Justice

2016: February 2016, Black History Month

 police violence, structural racism, then and now.

January 2016: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Obama Overlooked Black Women


A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza, October 7, 2014, at The Feminist Wire

February 4, 2015—"Girls of color face much harsher school discipline than their white peers but are excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a new report issued today by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

The report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, is based on a new review of national data and personal interviews with young women in Boston and New York. Read a copy of that report here."
The African American Policy Forum

New: watch Enviro Close-Up TV program on environmental racism/.environmental justice -- "WE ACT for Environmental Justice" -- at

We welcome your comments, corrections and additions: info(at)

Archival and institutional sources of information on and works by African-American women

Educational resources: includes lesson plans and educational resources

From Maria Gilardin's TUC Radio

Black History Special
Fred Gray

This is a rare recording of a man who remained in the background.
Without him the civil rights movement might have taken a different turn.
When Fred Gray's friend Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for violating the segregated seating ordinance on a Montgomery bus, 26-year-old Martin Luther King, was chosen to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and 24-year-old Fred Gray became his--and the movement's--lawyer. Gray's legal victory in the federal courts ended the boycott 381 days later.

In this program Fred Gray tells his story. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and had to leave the state to finish his education because blacks could not then attend Alabama law schools. He returned to his hometown in 1954 and became one of two black lawyers in the city. His first case was that of the 15 year old Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on the Montgomery bus, Claudette did the same. Fred Gray won scores of civil rights cases in education, voting rights, transportation, and health. He represented the Freedom Riders, the Selma-to-Montgomery marchers, and the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Recorded at the Republican Roundtable in San Francisco, July 2009.  It was a Republican, Peter Buxtun, who blew the whistle on the Tuskegee study. Poor black sharecroppers were led to believe they were being treated, while in reality the study recorded the progression of untreated Syphilis. Buxtun is now the events coordinator for the Republican Roundtable,  TUC Radio was there by invitation.
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VOICES: Strip mining Black History Month

By Jeff Biggers, New America Media

"As schools, communities and politicians across the country celebrate Black History Month in February, they will be remiss if their lessons don't include the coal fields of Fayette County, West Virginia. There, in the 1890s, a teenage African American followed his brothers into the coal mines, serving what Carter Woodson called his "six-year apprenticeship." In the evenings, the young Woodson would gather with other black coal miners, read the newspaper, and listen to their extraordinary stories of life underground, and their struggles during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era."
Read full posting here

From Facing South, The Institute for Southern Studies