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The Equality Myth: The Erasure of Black Struggle from American History

by Ijeoma Oluo

Last Wednesday, August 26 2015, was Women’s Equality Day. A day created by the US Congress in 1971 on the anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights” and to commend and support the women of the United States. Women’s Equality Day has not received much mention in the past (I, for one, was well into adulthood before I knew it existed), but social media has made it much easier to spread the word about some of our lesser-known holidays.

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The stage at Afropunk (author's own)

From Provincetown to Afropunk: Visibility, Pride and Love

by Janee Woods

I recently visited Provincetown, Massachusetts during its nationally renowned Carnival, an annual celebration dedicated to gay pride. PTown, as the locals affectionately call it, is a tiny but special place on Cape Cod where LGBTQ people are welcomed year round and given safe haven from the heteronormative cultures of other communities. Saying that Pride Week is crazy fun is a huge understatement, especially in the wake of marriage equality becoming the law of the land.

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Emmett Till and mother Mamie Till Mobley

We Remember Emmett Till, Murdered 60 Years Ago Today

by Desiree Browne

On my way for a visit home last fall, my bus from New York to Boston was delayed because of protests in both cities in the wake of the Darren Wilson decision; it was early morning when my mom picked me up. The grand jury in Ferguson failed to indict Darren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown, and people were mad. “This shouldn’t still be happening,” my mom said. “It reminds me of Emmett Till.”

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