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Good News About Racial Justice

Stories of hope and progress in the fight for racial justice and equality — and action steps about how to get involved and make a difference

Jessie Dean Gipson Simmons, shown top center, posing for the camera with her family. [Clockwise: daughter Angela and husband Obadiah Jerone, Sr.]

Jessie Simmons: How a schoolteacher became an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

Denials in work applications set Jessie up to fight an important battle for justice for Black educators at a time when many were being pushed out of the teaching profession.
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A screenshot of a GoFundMe page titled "Help a Generous Soul Reenter Society from Prison"

A California inmate donated his life savings to relief in Gaza — and then a GoFundMe campaign raised $100k for him

After decades of work for just 13 cents a day, this incarcerated man donated all of his money to support relief efforts in Gaza.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King

Meet the women who sustained the civil rights movement, though 'hidden in plain view'

Historian Vicki Crawford explains the contributions of women who influenced King and helped to fuel some of the most significant campaigns of the civil rights era, but whose contributions are not nearly as well known.‍
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Malcolm X; a plaque at the site of Malcolm X's birth in Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska invests $20 million in Malcolm X museum, honoring Black history icon

Legendary Civil Rights leader Malcolm X will be honored at the site of his birth and in the Nebraska Hall of Fame.
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An educational plaque sits in front of a water tower; a black and white photo shows barracks at the Granada Relocation Center in the 1940s, not the Amache National Historic Site

Discover the important history behind the country's newest national park

The Amache National Historic Site is the newest designated site of the National Parks Service, honoring a painful chapter of American history.
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A collection of baseball bobbleheads honoring members of the historic Negro Leagues

New bobblehead collection honors legendary Black baseball players during Black History Month

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released new bobblehead mystery boxes to honor Black baseball players during Black History Month.
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Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr in color

3 Ways To (Actually) Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It's important we don't reduce Martin Luther King Jr. Day to a “day off” or a quote on social media.
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MLK Quote Graphic: Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. — Martin Luther King Jr.

181 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes — Beyond His Dream

There’s no denying that the image of Dr. King has been distorted over time to make his bold, radical message more “palatable.” But by reading his actual words, we can reconnect with his true message.
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A photo collage of a close-up of a shirt, leaves inside a net, two parrots up close, a 'Proud Blood Donor' sign, and two butterflies on a plant

Good News This Week: January 6, 2024 - Bikes, Birds, & Butterflies

Your weekly roundup of the best good news worth celebrating...
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Araba Maze stands in front of a school bus while reading a book; a book vending machine contains picture books for kids; Araba Maze takes a selfie with a book

Meet the Woman Infiltrating Book Deserts With Vending Machines & Mobile Libraries

A self-proclaimed "radical street librarian" is addressing book deserts by providing free books to areas in Baltimore with limited access.
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Madia Willis, Jasmine Hudson and J’Aaron Merchant on Shark Tank; a gift wrapped with nutcracker wrapping paper

This Crafty Black-Owned Business Is Making the Holidays More Inclusive

Madia Willis, Jasmine Hudson and J’Aaron Merchant teamed up with a dream of making holiday decorations more inclusive. Today, they sell products across the U.S.
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Mary Church Terrell seated and posing for the camera

Meet 10 Black Suffragists Who Fought for the Vote Before — and Long After — the 19th Amendment

We sifted through news articles, historical documents, and critical analyses of the U.S. to commemorate the legacies of a small fraction of Black suffragists often omitted from the women's suffrage movement narrative.
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