Jane Tillman Irving

Barbara Arnwine (credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Black History Month: Democracy Shouldn’t Be This Hard, Lawyer Says

We began our Black History Month series looking at the marches in Selma, Ala. Voting rights were won, but the fight never ends.


Barbara Arnwine (credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Black History Month: Lawyer Fighting To Protect Voting Rights

Arnwine heads the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, founded at the suggestion of President John F. Kennedy.


Statues of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are seen outside the New-York Historical Society. (credit: New-York Historical Society / Don Pollard)

Black History Month: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass Monumental At New-York Historical Society

“Frederick Douglass became a free man in New York,” said New-York Historical Society President Louise Mirrer. “He stepped off the boat and walked down Broadway, just an ordinary human being.”


FILE -- A woman leans on a tree in Central Park (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Black History Month: Remembering Seneca Village Settlement In NYC

Blacks had bought the land 30 years before. But when the city decided to build Central Park in the 1850s, the settlement was eradicated and its residents were scattered.


A view of Central Park from the 75th floor of 432 Park Avenue  on Oct. 15, 2104. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images)

Black History Month: Central Park Displaced African-American Settlement

One large settlement was the African-American community of Seneca Village, which fronted on the present Central Park West, roughly from 81st to 89th streets.


The cover image of "The Granddaughter Necklace" written by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and published by Scholastic. (credit: Scholastic)

Black History Month: New Jersey Author Tells Her Story In Children’s Book

Sharon Dennis Wyeth has written some 50 books for young people. She tells her own story in her latest release, a children’s picture book titled “The Granddaughter Necklace,” published by Scholastic.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Black History Month: For 90 Years, Schomburg Center Steadfast In Its Mission

Long before black history became an academic discipline, it was cultivated by the New York Public Library.


Arturo Schomburg

Black History Month: Arturo Schomburg Raised Awareness About Contributions By Black People

He emigrated to Harlem at age 17 and began to amass his rare book collection — 5,000 pieces bought the New York Public Library in 1925.


"Speaking of People," runs through March 8 at the Studio Museum in Harlem. (credit: Studio Museum)

Black History Month: Exhibit Features Artists Inspired By Ebony, Jet Magazines

An exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem highlights artists who were engaged with, inspired by and influenced by the magazines Ebony and Jet.


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Black History Month: Schott Report Highlights Disparity In High School Graduation Rates

The Schott report is issued every two years, and the most current one took its cue from the slogan that seems ubiquitous at the moment: “Black Lives Matter.”


Olivia Hooker (credit: New York State Senate)

Black History Month: At 100, Retired Fordham Professor Lives In Hope Of Better Times

Mob violence, government sanctioned with no redress, was a life-defining moment for Dr. Olivia Hooker.


Olivia Hooker (credit: New York State Senate)

Black History Month: Survivor Recalls 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

The unrest began after a young black man was accused of grabbing the arm of a young white woman.


Cover of Barbara Ransby's book "Eslanda"

Black History Month: Biography Tells Story Of Activist Eslanda Robeson

“Essie,” as she was known, was a cultured graduate of Columbia University, a scholar, activist, United Nations correspondent, vocal Pan-Africanist and socialist.


Freedom's Journal was first printed in 1827.

Black History Month: Country’s First Black-Owned Newspaper Started In NYC

Freedom’s Journal, the first black-owned newspaper in the United States, was founded in 1827 in New York City by two free blacks — John Russworm and Samuel Cornish.


Portrait of Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. (credit:  U.S. Department of the Interior)

Black History Month: How Annual Observance Grew From Week To Month

Before Black History Month, there was Negro History Week. It was started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Harvard Ph.D. who founded what’s now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.