Donja R. Love’s Fireflies (the second in his trilogy, The Love* Plays, each focusing on a different era of Black American history) is at once brutal and hopeful, the hate and violence-soaked former threatening throughout to extinguish the hard-won gleam of the latter but never quite succeeding. It’s 1963 when we meet Olivia (Chanell Bell) […]
Even when Mavis Staples wasn’t singing gospel at Pitchfork, her powerful spiritual voice could bring together generations.
A Black college student’s decision to join the Freedom Riders has unexpected consequences for his wife and friends.
Rapper and activist Ric Wilson grew up attending Fellowship Missionary Baptist, a south-side congregation that helped nurture the civil rights movement.
This documentary about legendary activists Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama screens tomorrow night at Chicago Filmmakers.
A look back at the Nation of Islam’s Influence on south-side neighborhoods during the 1960s and 1970s.
Raoul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro looks at the writer who brought his own religious issues to the civil rights movement.
In this election year, we look back at the history of black voter mobilization in Chicago and in the south.
Englewood parents were desperate after Chicago Public Schools officials tried to put black children in a warehouse next to unguarded railroad tracks.
Why a 60-year-old crime still reverberates in the American consciousness
“We’ve got to find a way to let Negroes get what most white folks already have,” Lyndon Johnson told his speechwriter in 1965.
Documentary photographer Danny Lyon’s The Bikeriders revs up for a long-overdue reissue.
A new film project tries to capture the life of physician and activist Quentin Young.
The richest nation on earth could afford to win a war on poverty, Lyndon Johnson asserted nearly 50 years ago.
March on Washington anniversary: A new generation of activists fights for change, from school cuts to Trayvon Martin.