Beyond Black History Month: Carter G. Woodson’s West Virginia

The scholar who gave us Black History Month was a pioneer in studying Appalachia. Rewire.News, March 6, 2018


A Senator Speaks Out Against Confederate Monuments… In 1910

Alone in his stand, Weldon Heyburn despised that Robert E. Lee would be memorialized with a statue in the U.S. Capitol., October 18, 2017


The Word Is 'Nemesis': The Fight To Integrate The National Spelling Bee

For talented black spellers in the 1960s, the segregated local spelling bee was the beginning and the end of the long road to Washington, D.C. Longreads, June 2017


America The Ahistorical: Ben Carson And The Dangers Of Willful Ignorance

There’s a cautionary tale in this we should heed if we don’t want to validate revisionist history that makes slavery seem like an undesirable minimum wage job. Rewire.News, March 10, 2017.


On The Battle To Desegregate The Nation's Libraries: When The Public Library Wasn't So Public

Literary Hub, July 5, 2016.


Pregnant And Punished: How Our Drug Policies Hurt Women

The sad truth is that pregnant women with drug problems are overwhelmingly likely to be criminalized rather than getting the help they need. Rewire.News, April 21, 2016.


Charleston's History Of Hellish Violence

Dylann Roof fits into a long tradition of violent racism in South Carolina. Rolling Stone, June 19, 2015.


Riots And Research: What A 1968 Report On Urban Unrest Has To Do With Ferguson

More than 40 years later, the Kerner Report proves to be prescient in its observations about unchecked police power, problematic in its embrace of notions of Black pathology, and simultaneously hard and soft on white racism. Rewire.News, September 2, 2014.