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For Centuries Black Leaders Raised Voices for Justice

From Harriet Tubman to John Lewis, they called for change


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Edna Kane-Williams on COVID-19 and Minorities

AARP's senior vice president for multicultural leadership fights for all older Americans

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Civil Rights & History

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Older Activists Make Voices Heard in March on Washington

'They're excited because they're seeing a change' — 57 years after 1963's 'I Have a Dream' speech


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Black Women Had to Fight for Right to Vote, Recognition

They were suffragists combating both racism and sexism long after the 19th Amendment was passed

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How These Older Americans Are Demanding Change

Spurred on by the death of George Floyd, 46, they are marching — even with worries about COVID-19


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Pastor Reframes Civil Rights Movement for Modern Times

Five injustices, including poverty and racism, hold back U.S. potential, the Rev. William Barber II says

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Myrlie Evers-Williams Faces Racial Unrest Head-On

Former NAACP Chair on how America can reach its promise of freedom, equality


The F W. Woolworth building where the first sit-in for integragtion occurred in 1960

11 Fascinating Southern Stops Along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Visit the sites, many outdoors, where ordinary citizens like John Lewis fought injustice, made history

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Where You Live at 50 Could Determine How Long You Live

AARP report finds access to health care, housing, jobs matters most at midlife


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8 Great Reasons to Get Started Walking — Now

You can trim your waistline, sleep better and learn more reasons to get your body moving

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How Cultural Influences Can Affect the Way You Give Care

Be conscious of the differences and so you can find common ground with the person you're caring for


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Blacks' Lung Cancer Rate No Longer Exceeds That of Whites

African Americans have cut back on smoking in the past 60 years, especially Gen Xers and younger

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Poor Prognoses for African Americans Can Turn Around

Some blood pressure, diabetes problems start with poverty and diet but don't have to become destiny


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Stressed Out? Try This Beginner's Guide to Meditation

Focusing your mind in this way can alleviate anxiety, slow aging, and improve your attention span


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TV, Movies & Music

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50 Years Ago Diana Ross Earned Her First Solo Hit

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' topped Billboard


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17 Essential Films About Our Expansive Black Experience

Black life in America isn't a singular culture

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Courtney B. Vance on Race and Life With Angela Bassett

He has new HBO series, 23-year Hollywood marriage


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The 5 Best Spike Lee Films You Haven't Seen — But Still Can

Explore more of the great American filmmaker's work

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11 Black Filmmakers You Should Know (and Will Love)

Up your watch list game with these essential directors


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Listen to a Podcast Episode: Getting Better With Rhyme

Hip-hop: 'It doesn't get more American than that'

Book Excerpts

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'Big Friendship' Illustrates the Awesome Power of Pals

Two BFFs explore challenges of deep, lasting bonds

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Excerpt: First Chapter of 'The Vanishing Half' Sets the Stage

Must-read new fiction about racism from Brit Bennett

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Terry McMillan’s New Novel Focuses on Friends in Their 60s

Fall in love with story from ‘Waiting to Exhale’ author

Video Spotlight

Veteran Battles PTSD Because of Motorcycle Suicide Bomber

His mother is his caregiver and biggest advocate

Work Out in 10 Minutes: Find a Chair to Improve Your Balance

Our series with Bryant Johnson will get you moving

Alfre Woodard: 'Everybody Needs a Wave Right Now'

Love spreads faster than COVID-19, the actress says

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