We asked book lovers to reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month. Here’s what they recommended.

For Hispanic Heritage Month, The 19th spoke with lifelong book lovers — from those working in publishing full time to those who have dedicated years to making book-related content on social media — about the themes that resonate with them in works by Latinx authors and the books that best represent those ideas.

The Latin American diaspora consists of multiple complex identities from many different places. Though they live in the United States, the interviewees also represent Cuba, Puerto Rico,

Ta’Kiya Young's shooting highlights sobering reality for Black pregnant women in America

Nadine Young left her home in Ohio under the crushing weight of grief. By the end of 1989, the young mother of four had lost both of her parents, a stillborn baby girl and her sister. She packed up and moved to Mississippi for nearly a decade, where she gave birth to a fifth son. She taught her boys to be respectable and to always do what police asked.

“I had major, major talks with them, so if they had any encounters they complied and did whatever they needed to do so they wouldn’t lose their

These Louisiana sisters took their fight against big industry in ‘Cancer Alley’ to court — and won

Twin sisters Jo and Joy Banner are celebrating a win in their fight against big industry in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.” In a court hearing this month, Judge J. Sterling Snowdy ruled against St. John the Baptist Parish, declaring a 33-year-old industrial zoning ordinance null and void based on a procedural issue. The decision effectively stands in the way of a proposed grain export facility that would compound pollution in the area and threaten its historic landscape.

“This is a big moment for [

Louisiana sisters fight to protect their community's health and enslaved ancestors' history

WALLACE, La.— There are only a handful of homes situated on Alexis Court, but there are a whole lot of memories.

At one end of the short street, facing the Mississippi River, is Fee-Fo-Lay Café, run by twin sisters Jo and Joy Banner. The Fifolet, according to local lore, is a spirit that haunts the swamps and guards the treasures of pirate Jean Lafitte. Growing up, the Banner sisters

We asked book lovers to reflect on AAPI Heritage Month. Here’s what they recommended.

For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, The 19th spoke with scholars, bookstore owners and book lovers about the themes that resonate with them in works by AAPI authors, and books that best represent those ideas.

The term AAPI refers to people who can trace their roots to any of dozens of countries in Asia, the largest continent of the world, as well as those who trace their roots to more than 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. The list of recommended books reflects the

After national spotlight, here’s what hasn’t changed in Tennessee — and what might

As the dust settles in Tennessee after the past few weeks, there have been allusions to change. But still, much remains the same.

There was a mass school shooting in Nashville, a protest over gun violence that left two Black lawmakers expelled from their seats and then their return to the legislature. Republican Gov. Bill Lee slightly changed his tune on gun control measures, though he is already receiving pushback from his party and gun lobbyists.

But the cameras have left and, while promises

Lorraine Hansberry’s family says Chicago’s racist policies seized their land. Now they’re seeking reparations.

The 1959 Broadway debut of “A Raisin in the Sun” brought America inside a crowded Chicago apartment where the dreams of Black families went to die.

And while Lorraine Hansberry was making history as the first Black woman to have a play produced on Broadway, she and her family back in Chicago were embroiled in a fight that reflected the role of racism in both her life and the conditions creating the conflict of

'We will not be defeated': Vice President Kamala Harris stands with expelled representatives in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A day after Tennessee Democratic representatives Justin J. Pearson and Justin Jones were expelled from the state legislature, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at Jones’ alma mater — Fisk University, a historically Black institution — delivering a message of praise for the lawmakers and an indictment of the Republican supermajority that expelled

Tennessee House votes to expel two members; vote to remove Johnson fails

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — State Rep. Gloria Johnson avoided expulsion on Thursday but two of her fellow Democrats did not, as members of the state House voted on measures to remove them from the legislative body.

Johnson and state Reps. Justin J. Pearson of Memphis and Justin Jones of Nashville last week called for the legislature to act to address gun violence, doing so in the chamber in a way that Republican

‘We are all bound up together’: ’s fellows on the life and legacy of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

On this date 112 years ago, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper — author, poet, abolitionist and suffragist — died at the age of 85. As the “mother of African American journalism,” Harper has inspired generations of Black writers and media makers, and The 19th’s HBCU fellowship program is named in her honor.

Our fellows are a living testament to Harper’s enduring l

'I wiped my eyes and wrote the facts'

On the eve of Tyre Nichols’ funeral, I could not calm my nerves. Memphis was covered in ice, and there seemed to be no end to the freezing rain falling from the sky.

I realized I would have a front row seat to history the next morning, but I did not want to be there.

Who would?

As a reporter, I felt tasked with the duty of accurately representing this funeral and the vile circumstances that led to it. As a Black reporter, I felt a duty to bear witness to his unjust death and the burden of grief that came with it.

A new museum and clinic will honor the enslaved “Mothers of Gynecology”

33 S. Perry Street in Montgomery, Alabama, is a site of harrowing sacrifice that birthed modern gynecology. But though many know the breakthroughs that happened there, the dozens of enslaved women and girls who suffered for the medical standards that exist today are often erased.

Artist Michelle Browder is giving that space, and those women, a chance to speak. She purchased the site in February with plans to honor the memories of these women and girls. Less than a mile away from the state capit
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