Examining the Lavender Scare

Examining the Lavender Scare

Posted by on Jun 16, 2022 in United States | No Comments

(Note: This story discusses issues that might be upsetting to some readers, such as anti-LGBTQ discrimination and suicide.)  June is Pride Month: a time to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. But it is also a time to remember and reflect on important historical moments in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. One such […]

The History of Memorial Day

The History of Memorial Day

Posted by on May 26, 2022 in United States | No Comments

Memorial Day is an American holiday to honor members of the military who lost their lives during wars or conflicts. Many local communities hold patriotic celebrations that include parades, fireworks, and flag displays. Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday of May as a federal holiday. While the holiday honors fallen service members, […]

Art and Politics: The 50th Anniversary of Watergate

Art and Politics: The 50th Anniversary of Watergate

Posted by on May 13, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

In the early 1970s, the United States government experienced the Watergate scandal. The investigation led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Now, the National Portrait Gallery has produced an art exhibit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of this moment in American history. Here, btw takes a closer look at Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue.   What Was Watergate?  Early […]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2022 in Current Events | No Comments

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a key leader in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Both his father and his mother’s father were Baptist ministers. When King became a minister, he used his position to fight racial inequality and inspire African Americans. He was a powerful […]

AAPI History Required in Illinois Schools

AAPI History Required in Illinois Schools

Posted by on Oct 27, 2021 in Education | No Comments

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population represents less than six percent of the total U.S. population. But there is more effort being made to better teach this group’s importance in the history of the United States. The state of Illinois has taken steps to require more study of Asian American history as part […]

Profiles in Black History: Georgia Gilmore

Profiles in Black History: Georgia Gilmore

Posted by on Feb 5, 2021 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

Have you heard the phrase, “Black history is American history”? It’s true that designating all of Black history to just one month does not recognize the fact that Black history cannot be separated from the story of our nation as a whole. But it can be helpful to consider Black History Month as a special […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Reparations in Asheville One of the more controversial suggestions for how to improve economic equality between white people and African Americans is the use of reparations. Reparations are direct monetary payments to African Americans as compensation for the fact that their ancestors were enslaved and that past generations of African Americans suffered economic inequality and […]

AFTER THE FACT: John Lewis

AFTER THE FACT: John Lewis

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in After the Fact | No Comments

On July 17, 2020, Congressman John Lewis passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 80. Before serving as an esteemed member of Congress, Lewis was an active leader in the civil rights movement, and his spirit of activism carried on throughout his many terms as an elected representative. Here, btw takes a look […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

#NoCoronaSummerSlide It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the negative news about COVID-19 lately. That’s why it’s especially important to learn about amazing people who view the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to make their communities better places. Chrishawndra Matthews is one of these special people. She has taken it upon herself to combat […]

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates from several of the states had been meeting in Philadelphia. Initially they gathered to discuss ways to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, which was this nation’s first official governmental system. However, in the course of […]