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How Philadelphia still feels the impacts of slavery

Columbia professor Saidiya Hartman discusses the impacts of slavery and indentured servitude.

Black History Month: Athletes who were champions of the culture and the city of Philadelphia

We asked our readers which athletes stand out as contributors on and off the field.

Black History Month: Athletes who were champions of the culture and the city of Philadelphia

We asked our readers which athletes stand out as contributors on and off the field.

How to explore Philly’s black history: A historical marker tour

Thirteen historical markers honoring Philly's influential African Americans, from Underground Railroad abolitionists to internationally renowned artists.

How to explore Philly’s black history: A historical marker tour

Thirteen historical markers honoring Philly's influential African Americans, from Underground Railroad abolitionists to internationally renowned artists.

Pennsylvania officially abolished slavery in 1780. But many black Pennsylvanians were in bondage long after that.

How forced labor persisted in Pennsylvania until at least the late 1840s.

Pennsylvania officially abolished slavery in 1780. But many black Pennsylvanians were in bondage long after that.

How forced labor persisted in Pennsylvania until at least the late 1840s.
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They bullied Fredia Gibbs, but she turned their taunts into motivation to become a kickboxing champion

Gibbs tries to inspire others with her story. “I tell them, ‘I want to pour this into you while you are young,’ ” she said. " 'If I can do it, you can, too.’ ”

In what’s so far been a dumpster fire of a Black History Month, Philadelphia classroom doors are a much needed bright spot | Helen Ubiñas

From California to New York, teachers have straight up revolutionized the use of construction paper and whatever other supplies they had on hand to honor black heroes.

‘Oh, my gosh! Why didn’t I know about this growing up?’ Maker of new Marian Anderson film brings it home to Philly for a world premiere

'Once in a Hundred Years: The Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson' has its world premiere at the Kimmel Center Saturday.

Sammy Davis Jr., Charley Pride follow two different paths to fame in ‘American Masters’ documentaries

Both succeeded in an era where African American performers faced restrictions their white peers didn't.

Philly renames parts of Market and Sixth Streets in honor of founding fathers, black history

The cross streets of Sixth and Market, where the naming ceremony was held, represented not freedom, but enslavement for nine people who worked in George Washington’s household there.

Newspaper ads placed by former slaves seeking missing relatives to be read on stage at Villanova

A cast of 75 will bring to life the voices of mothers searching for their children, husbands for their wives, daughters and sons for their parents, siblings for each other.

How to talk to kids about race | Opinion

Silence only suppresses the natural curiosity children have around what makes race such a complex societal issue.

We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis | Opinion

The Philadelphia Bar Association found that tenants without legal representation are disruptively displaced due to eviction in 78 percent of cases, compared to 5 percent of represented tenants.

Germantown menswear boutique is a treasure trove of vintage selections

Black style has been influential in popular fashion as seen with zoot suits during the jazz age and hip-hop inspired streetwear. Vintage boutique owner Erik Honesty’s appreciation for the black man’s role in fashion history is shown through his taste for vintage clothing.

Philly museum thinks it has the only surviving relic of its type from a slain African American colonial soldier

The Museum of the American Revolution will put on display Friday the delicately inscribed powder horn carried by Gershom Prince, killed in battle in 1778.

Tina Sloan Green continues to expand lacrosse into communities of color

At Temple, she was the first African American college women's lacrosse coach, and she won three national championships.

Who are your favorite black athletes in Philadelphia sports history?

Tell us which athletes you admire most. Your submissions might be used in an upcoming story.

10 events celebrating Black History Month in Philadelphia

Experience Philadelphia's rich African American history and culture this month with walking tours, student performances, and expert-led discussions.