Ebony Pictorial History of Black America
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Black History Can Save White Folks, Too.

Laurel, Miss., native and author Jonathan Odell reflects on the summer of 1971 when he was a door-to-door salesman of the Ebony Pictorial History of Black America. As a young, white man brought up in white supremacy, Odell learned later that summer that Black history is for everyone. “You can’t understand Black history without reflecting on white history,” he writes. “We created this history together.”

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‘An Agenda to Bring Light’: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign Wants ‘Third Reconstruction’

The Poor People’s Campaign’s “Third Reconstruction” resolution highlights what it calls a congressional failure to elevate the poor through social programs, voting-rights expansion and the elimination of systemic racism. It details suggested solutions for each of these problems, including an increase in the long-stagnant federal minimum wage, provisions to expand insurance coverage, a large-scale reduction of student debt and prison reform.

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