Black History Month

Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month in the United States – an annual celebration of the achievements and accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. This Black History Month, Social Science Space and Sage are recognizing Black scholars, past and present, that are paving the way in their fields. Whether through extraordinary contributions, findings, or advocacy, these academics are influencing the social and behavioral sciences for the better. This page spotlights relevant research and resources and will continue to be updated with new content throughout the month. 

From the Social Science Bites podcast

Black History Month on Social Science Space

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Charles V. Hamilton, 1929-2023: The Philosopher Behind ‘Black Power’

Political scientist Charles V. Hamilton, the tokenizer of the term ‘institutional racism,’ an apostle of the Black Power movement, and at times deemed both too radical and too deferential in how to fight for racial equity, died on November 18, 2023. He was 94.

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A Black History Addendum to the American Music Industry

The new editor of the case study series on the music industry discusses the history of Black Americans in the recording industry.

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Safiya Noble on Search Engines

In an age where things like facial recognition or financial software algorithms are shown to uncannily reproduce the prejudices of their creators, this was much less obvious earlier in the century, when researchers like Safiya Umoja Noble were dissecting search engine results and revealing the sometimes appalling material they were highlighting.

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Fifty Years of Hip Hop: Celebrating a Cultural Phenomenon

For over fifty years, this African American art form has adapted and evolved to new sounds, new artists, and new influences. At its heart, hip hop remains a form of self-expression and social justice, encouraging listeners to both “Bring the Noise” and “Fight the Power.”


‘People Are Going to Seek the Things That Are Kept From Them’: An Interview with Danian Darrell Jerry

Danian Darrell Jerry is the co-editor, with Walter Greason, of a just-released book, Illmatic Consequences: The Clapback to Opponents of ‘Critical Race Theory’. […]

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Juneteenth Is But One of the United States’ 20 Emancipation Days

Between the 1780s and 1930s, more than 80 emancipations from slavery occurred, from Pennsylvania in 1780 to Sierra Leone in 1936.


Howard’s Leslie T. Fenwick to Deliver 2023 Brown Lecture in Education Research

Leslie T. Fenwick, dean emerita of the Howard University School of Education, will deliver the 2023 Brown Lecture in Education Research.


Attacking Wicked Problems with Hip-Hop: An Interview with Walter Greason

Social Science Space caught up with Walter Greason to discuss hisjourneys, the new book ‘Illmatic Consequences’ he co-edited with Danian Darrell Jerry’, and the current political upheaval circling around the term ‘critical race theory.’

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A Political Scientist Looks at Black Women Judges Who Blazed Trail for Ketanji Brown Jackson

Supreme Count=rt nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rise is, in part, due to the work of those women and Black men – and to Black women judges dating back almost a century.

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Recalling the Founding of the ‘Journal of Black Studies’ a Half Century Ago

A few months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, two Black social scientists in Southern California approached a fledgling academic publisher with a unique proposition: let us launch a journal for another fledgling — the discipline of Black studies.