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Black in America

Reflect on the country’s history with racial injustice, the long shadow of slavery and what it means to be Black in America.

Los Angeles also has a significant legacy of celebrating the Black experience through the arts. Learn more on Black Arts Matter.
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Bayard Rustin beside a sign that says "Integration means better schools for all."
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How Gandhi's Peaceful Protest Principles Made Its Way to the U.S.

Inspired by Gandhi, Bayard Rustin transforms the civil rights movement and mobilizes support to welcome Southeast Asian refugees.
A black and white photo of Grace Lee Boggs, left, and James Boggs, right. Grace is in focus as she smiles at the camera with short, curly hair. James is slightly blurry and looks at the camera with a furrowed brow, wearing a buttoned plaid shirt.
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How Grace Lee and James Boggs Shaped Today's Racial Justice Movements

Grace Lee Boggs and James Boggs emerged in Detroit to lay the foundations for one of the most important movements for racial justice in the 20th century.
Two black and white photos, one of Sugar Pie DeSanto, left, and one of Etta James, right. Both women are dressed up in dresses and with their hair done up.
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Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto: At Last, A Soulful Musical Combination

In the 1950s Sugar Pie DeSanto and Etta James grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood of San Francisco, where they created musical friendships that changed the direction of R&B.
A photo of Youa Vang Lee, taken from the neck up. She has a solemn look on her face as she looks to at something out of frame. She is standing in a backyard, the background slightly blurred due to the depth of field.
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A Hmong Mother Grieves for George Floyd

Youa Vang Lee's 19-year old son was killed by Minneapolis police. When she saw George Floyd murdered, she called upon Asian Americans to stand in solidarity for Black lives.
A photo of two children behind the slats of wooden panels, keeping them detained. One of the children, is peering through the breaks between the slats, with their hands gripping on the wooden board. They have a saddened and fearful expression on their face.
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How Asian American and African American Activists Worked to Repeal a Hateful Law

In the late '60s, civil rights leaders and Japanese Americans joined forces to repeal the Emergency Detention Act, a law that could have rounded up Black activists in concentration camps.