The Race Issue

To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, we explore what race means in the 21st century.

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It
For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It
Download Our Discussion Guide for Teachers and Parents
Download Our Discussion Guide for Teachers and Parents
Meet the Team Behind Our Special Issue on Race
Meet the Team Behind Our Special Issue on Race
Why We’re Devoting an Entire Issue of National Geographic to Race
Why We’re Devoting an Entire Issue of National Geographic to Race
See the Powerful Responses to “The Race Issue”—and Send Us Your Own
See the Powerful Responses to “The Race Issue”—and Send Us Your Own
There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label
There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label
The Surprising Way Saliva Brought These Six Strangers Together
The Surprising Way Saliva Brought These Six Strangers Together
Why Do We See So Many Things as ‘Us vs. Them’?
Why Do We See So Many Things as ‘Us vs. Them’?
An Artist Finds True Skin Colors in a Diverse Palette
An Artist Finds True Skin Colors in a Diverse Palette
From Birth to School to Old Age: Inequality by the Numbers
From Birth to School to Old Age: Inequality by the Numbers
For Black Motorists, a Never-Ending Fear of Being Stopped
For Black Motorists, a Never-Ending Fear of Being Stopped
As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind
As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind
A Place to Come Together on Matters That Divide Us
A Place to Come Together on Matters That Divide Us
Why Historically Black Colleges Are Enjoying a Renaissance
Why Historically Black Colleges Are Enjoying a Renaissance
‘The Blood of Lynching Victims Is in This Soil.’
‘The Blood of Lynching Victims Is in This Soil.’
Photos Highlight the Unique Traditions of Historically Black Colleges
Photos Highlight the Unique Traditions of Historically Black Colleges
Meet Trailblazers From Atlanta's Historically Black Colleges
Meet Trailblazers From Atlanta's Historically Black Colleges

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