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In honor of Black History Month — John Holway’s fascinating ebook about Bessie Coleman, the first place woman aviator, is FREE February 13-17, 2017. Enjoy! Back in the 1920s planes were made of wood and cloth held together with wire. […]

In honor of Black History Month, John Holway’s extraordinary book, Bloody Ground: Black Rifles in Korea is free for five days. (It’s also available on paperback for $18). In Bloody Ground, Black soldiers tell their own stories about fighting in […]

I love this Danish commercial about how much more important our smilarities are than our differences.

In Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Lysander says, “aught that I could ever read/Could ever hear by tale or history/The course of true love never did run smooth.” It may just seem that way because the most enduring loves are […]

Netflix has a superb collection of early films made by and for African-Americans, including the silent film, “Body and Soul,” with Paul Robeson as twins. These are a treat any time, but especially appropriate for Black History Month.

Congressman John Lewis was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington organized by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week, PBS will show a documentary about Lewis, a key figure in the civil rights movement […]

Great choices for Black History Month from Scholastic: Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history. The DVD includes gently animated and beautifully narrated versions of four books about important figures in black history. Duke […]

In honor of Black History Month, the autobiography of Negro Leagues baseball star Wilmer Fields is free for five days. Wilmer Fields was a superstar in the Negro Leagues, back when baseball was segregated. After Jackie Robinson broke the color […]

Director Raoul Peck has made a powerful and vitally timely film about James Baldwin — and about today. By juxtaposing Baldwin’s words with images from Ferguson and other contemporary conflicts over race and poverty, he underscores the impact and importance […]

The sign on the office door said, “Colored Computers.” That was not a reference to IBM’s Big Blue or to a machine of any kind. In the early days of the space race at NASA, computers were people doing all […]