Activism

    In the 1930s, the enigmatic figure ran an illegal lottery while championing New York City’s Black communityA gangster, civil rights advocate, fashionista and businesswoman, St. Clair successfully took on one of the biggest crime bosses of the e...
    Though they were just a small percentage of the state’s population, African Americans petitioned the state of Ohio to repeal racist lawsAn illustration from an abolitionist paper shows the divide in border states like Ohio, where a small African Ame...
    Pultizer-Prize winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomCyrus Gates House, in Broome County, New York, was once an important stop along the Underground Railroad. (Wikimedia Commons )ByAndrea Stonesmithsonia...
    Group founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFounder of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale stands next to a wall graphic of the Party's Ten-Point Program inside the Oakland Museum of California's exhibition, "...
    Group founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFounder of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale stands next to a wall graphic of the Party's Ten-Point Program inside the Oakland Museum of California's exhibition, "...
    The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country’s impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallByAllison Keyessmithsonianmag.comSeptember 21, 2016The words and images on what is known as “The Hunger Wall”...
    The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country’s impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallByAllison Keyessmithsonianmag.comSeptember 21, 2016The words and images on what is known as “The Hunger Wall”...
    A whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeAfter the 2016 election, several hundred students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, walked out of the classrooms in p...
    By the 1850s, Ernestine Rose was a well-known public figure, far more famous than her allies Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. AnthonyErnestine Rose championed abolition and women's rights in her adopted land.(Wikipedia)ByBonnie Anderson, Zócalo P...
    In 2011, the mining company Gogebic Taconite, GTAC, announced plans to develop a low-grade iron ore deposit mine on the Wisconsin-Michigan border, just downstream from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe’s reservation and rice beds...
    “The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more Horatio Greenough’s 12-ton marble statue of George Washington heralds the newly reopened west wing gallery.(NMAH)ByRoger Catlinsmi...
    Fifty years ago, the anarchist protester sent traders sprawling for dollar bills—and became a media sensationPolitical activists Abbie Hoffman, left, and Jerry Rubin set five-dollar bills on fire at the Financial Center in New York on August 24, 196...
    Miss America pageant is under new leadership after a sexist email scandal. But the pageant has a long history of controversy—including the 1968 protestsWomen gleefully threw objects symbolizing oppression into the Freedom Trash Can, but they didn’t...