Untold Stories of American History
The African Diplomats Who Protested Segregation in the U.S.
Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy publicly apologized after restaurants refused to serve Black representatives of newly independent nations
Who Was Yasuke, Japan's First Black Samurai?
In the late 16th century, the enigmatic warrior fought alongside a feudal lord dubbed the "Great Unifier"
A New Discovery Puts Panama as the Site of the First Successful Slave Rebellion
Deep in the archives, a historian rescues the tale of brave maroons
Our Top Ten Stories of 2022
From a teen inventor to invasive fish to lost cities of the Amazon, these were our most-read articles of the year
The History Behind Chance the Rapper's Black Star Line Festival
The event is named after an early 20th-century shipping line created by Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey
Who Gets to Tell the Story of Ancient Egypt?
On the eve of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, some of the country's artifacts, from the Rosetta Stone to the bust of Nefertiti, remain overseas
The Ten Best History Books of 2022
Our favorite titles of the year resurrect forgotten histories and illuminate how the nation ended up where it is today
The Smithsonian Returns a Trove of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
The transfer of ownership of 29 artworks is the first to be carried out under a new policy and practice
The Gold Coast King Who Fought the Might of Europe's Slave Traders
New research reveals links between the 18th-century Ahanta leader John Canoe and the Caribbean festival Junkanoo
Two Hundred Years Ago, the Rosetta Stone Unlocked the Secrets of Ancient Egypt
French scholar Jean-François Champollion announced his decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs on September 27, 1822
How Nomads Shaped Centuries of Civilization
A new book celebrates the achievements of wanderers, whose stories have long been overlooked
The Real Warriors Behind 'The Woman King'
A new film stars Viola Davis as the leader of the Agojie, the all-woman army of the African kingdom of Dahomey
How One Historian Located Liberia’s Elusive Founding Document
The piece of paper went missing for nearly 200 years, leaving some scholars to question whether it even existed
How Fashion Helped Shape Africa's Cultural Renaissance
A new exhibition at the V&A in London explores historic and contemporary African designers, photographers, models, makeup artists and illustrators
Sudanese Museums Call for Return of Stolen Artifacts
Colonizers took the items after a deadly battle in the late 19th century
What You Need to Know About the History of Monkeypox
Mired in misconception, the poxvirus is endemic in certain African countries but was rarely reported in Europe and the U.S. until recently
A Shipwreck, a Robot and an Archival Treasure Hunt Reveal the Diverse History of the Whaling Industry
Free Black Americans and Native Americans once worked on the "Industry," a whaling ship whose wreck was recently identified in the Gulf of Mexico
Tourism Gets a Refresh in the Hands of Activists Seeking to Decolonize the Industry
Operators practicing 'solidarity tourism' push back against travel that can be environmentally and socially destructive
The Smithsonian's Plan to Return the Benin Bronzes Comes After Years of Relationship Building
The ground-breaking move heralds a new path for interactions between African and Western institutions
Did Ancient Nomads Seize Control of a Roman Emerald Mine in Egypt?
Recent excavations suggest the Blemmyes assumed power of the Sikait mining site between the fourth and sixth centuries C.E.