Examining the Unvarnished Truth of Race-Based Violence

“We’ve got to tell the unvarnished truth.” —John Hope Franklin (NHC Fellow, 1980–82)

“Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.” —Rita Dove (NHC Fellow, 1988–89)

Over the years, the National Humanities Center has been privileged to support the efforts of many gifted scholars and educators working to reveal the untold suffering caused by racism and to document the continuing story of the struggle to overcome it. Their work has created resources with which to educate ourselves and future generations. Some of those resources have been collected here, and we encourage you to read, watch, listen, and share.
The National Humanities Center’s Statement Concerning the Killing of George Floyd

We join our voice with those who protest the mistreatment of George Floyd and so many others. And we rededicate ourselves to helping enact the change necessary to create a just and equitable society for all Americans. Read More