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Why We Should Keep Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks Off the $20 Bill

Why We Should Keep Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks Off the $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman in 1880; Rosa Parks in 1955 Wikimedia Commons; Wikimedia Commons Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks may be the next face featured on the U.S. $20 bill; that is…

Europeans were dark-skinned until 8,000 years ago

Europeans were dark-skinned until 8,000 years ago

The original migrants to Europe from Africa arrived 40,000 years ago Up until 8,000 years ago, early hunter-gatherers largely had darker skin When Near East farmers arrived, they carried with…

Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel are believed to be 5,000 years old

Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel are believed to be 5,000 years old

Fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered on a building site in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said on…

She Ruled Egypt Long Before Cleopatra, And There’s a Reason You Haven’t Heard of Her

She Ruled Egypt Long Before Cleopatra, And There’s a Reason You Haven’t Heard of Her

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were men. And then there was her.Her name was Hatshepsut.She was the first woman to become a pharaoh.Other women had ruled as powerful queens, but…

Despite Being Born Into Slavery, This Black Woman Obtained a PhD In Europe

Reported by Dr. Sinclair Grey III March is considered Women’s History Month, but we could never recognize the achievement of women only once a year. Everyday, we should be celebrating…

The Story We Don’t Tell About Selma

On March 7 2015, the 50th anniversary of Selma, the president recounted the awe-inspiring story of what happened in Alabama in 1965: Despite their seeming powerlessness, African-Americans and their allies…

Before Venus and Serena, There Were the Peters Sisters

Before Venus and Serena, There Were the Peters Sisters

Margaret and Matilda Roumania PetersTuskegee University Editor’s note: For Women’s History Month, The Root is spotlighting less famous figures from the African American National Biography, whose stories exemplify the extraordinary, and often unsung,…

Selma to Montgomery: But What About SNCC?

In mid-march 1965, six of us from New England colleges showed up at the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) office in Montgomery, Alabama, on our way to the Selma to…

How Black America Rallied to Stop the Racist Film Birth of a Nation

How Black America Rallied to Stop the Racist Film Birth of a Nation

A scene from the 1915 movie Birth of a Nation: Hooded Klansmen catch Gus, a black man portrayed in blackface by actor Walter Long.Wikimedia Commons A hundred years ago—on March…

Black History Month Ends on a Frustrating, Yet Positive Note

As Black History Month 2015 comes to a close, it is important to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments African Americans have made since last February. The nomination of Loretta Lynch…

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