Betty White, America’s Golden Girl

| By Carol Brennan | Comedian Betty White enjoyed one of the longest careers in American television. A popular variety-show host in the 1950s and formidable regular on game shows in the decade that followed, White was also revered for the impeccable comic timing she showed on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the mid-1970s. … Read more

The Life and Work of bell hooks

| By Carol Brennan | The loss of Black feminist writer bell hooks on December 15, 2021, elicited effusive tributes to her incandescent prose and unapologetically radical vision of a better world. The author of more than 30 books, hooks—who preferred the lowercase spelling of her pen name—is best known for her treatise Ain’t I … Read more

Diversity a Focus in Gale In Context

In August, we shared how our content team continues to enhance Gale resources and introduce measures to eliminate implicit racial bias in Gale-curated content, and reaffirm our ongoing commitment to quality. These efforts have continued, and we wanted to share a handful of recent content additions made to the Gale In Context family of products. … Read more

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Year-round with Gale In Context: Biography

| By Tara Atterberry | In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the observance of Hispanic Heritage Week to honor the millions of Americans of South and Central American, Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean heritage. Twenty years later, the Reagan administration expanded the celebration to a span full month, September 15 through October 15, and renamed … Read more

LGBTQ History Month: Trailblazers & Activists to Know

| By Carol Brennan | October is LGBTQ History Month, and Gale In Context: Biography celebrates the trailblazers whose courage and fortitude continue to inspire a new generation of activists. LGBTQ History Month includes National Coming Out Day, the 11th of every October—an occasion first promoted by Jean O’Leary, a former Roman Catholic nun who … Read more

Athletes Shine at the 2020 Summer Olympics

| By Carol Brennan | The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were hosted by Japan in July and August 2021 and provided the global television audience a respite from the ongoing barrage of news stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summer Games were the first Olympics ever to be postponed, and all events and participants were … Read more

Gale In Context Suite: Supporting Diversity through New Content

Meeting the needs of diverse learners has always been a priority for Gale. We strive to improve the teaching and learning of social justice issues, offer diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and be a leader with our commitment to transparency. We continue to introduce measures to eliminate implicit racial bias in our Gale-curated content and reaffirm … Read more

Black History: Resistance and Resilience

| By Traci Cothran | Black History Month provides an opportunity for teachers and students to talk about the lives of influential Black leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Frederick Douglass, to name a few. But there are many other stories out there. Our Gale In Context: Biography database … Read more

Celebrating 45 Years of Black History Month

| By Shirelle Phelps | This February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, celebrating the many accomplishments and achievements of Black Americans. In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson was saddened by the underrepresentation of Black Americans in university history classes, which often were relegated to only teaching about enslaved people. Along with Jesse … Read more

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll

| By Traci Cothran | When pop sensation Lizzo appeared on Saturday Night Live in December, her guitarist, Celisse Henderson (pictured at left, below), paid tribute to the late Sister Rosetta Tharpe (at right) via her guitar, outfit, and shredding. But who was Sister Rosetta and what should we know about her? Her career as … Read more