James Baldwin's written works made him an important spokesman of the Civil Rights Movement. His essays explored the black experience in America and his novel,"Giovanni's Room," was one of the first to tackle homosexuality.
How the Civil Rights Movement Created a New Political Awareness
They were children when the civil rights marches of 1965 changed the world forever, and now they have children of their own. They are the Selma High School class of 1971, and they have vivid memories of the turbulent period leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Mardi Gras Indians Bring Colorful History to New Orleans
Roughly three dozen tribes, known collectively as the Mardi Gras Indians, perform in their neighborhoods on New Orleans during the big festival. Their origins date back to the 18th century, when slaves would gather to play traditional African music.
Mae C. Jemison Was First African American Woman to Travel Through Space
On June 4, 1987, Mae C. Jemison became the first African American woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47.
Cosby Collection of African Art on Display at Smithsonian
A private collection of African-American art went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art this week. The collectors are none other than philanthropist Camille Cosby and her husband, comedian Bill Cosby, who began acquiring pieces early on in their 50-year marriage.
This Peabody award winning series is back and this time we leave the city to take a look at a school district in South Carolina, where the small town of Hartsville, South Carolina is making strides by involving everyone in the community in their plan for education. A co-production between the National Black Programming Consortium and South Carolina ETV, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate Initiative.