MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Winthrop University English Professor, Gregg Hecimovich, who believes he has discovered the real name of the author of the first novel written by an African American woman. Hecimovich explains who Hannah Bond was and how he discovered her.
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and the Birmingham Movement
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was one of the South's most prominent Civil Rights leaders. He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., co-founded the SCLC and refused to waver even after he was brutally attacked.
For 382 days, almost the entire African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama, including leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, refused to ride on segregated buses, a turning point in the American civil rights movement.
During the 'Freedom Summer,' activists from the North traveled to Mississippi to teach young black teens, in hopes of inspiring change in the segregated South. That's when Aviva Futorian and Roy DeBerry met, sparking a lifelong friendship.
Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country's largest multiracial conference on racial justice.
In 1966, Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. Known for his bipartisan efforts, the Massachusetts Republican served two terms and helped pave the way for future politicians of color. Gwen Ifill remembers the achievements of the late senator, who died over the weekend at the age of 95.
After racial discrimination was legally outlawed in 1964, southern public schools began to desegregate, and black students started to learn alongside white students. Now, decades later, meet the men and women who made history.
On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting rights.
Video Surfaces Of Willis Reed Fighting Entire Lakers Team
Willis Reed fought almost the entire Lakers team. Existing footage of the fight was rarely shown to the public, until now. Michael Rapaport's 30 for 30 doc When the Garden Was Eden (based on Harvey Araton's book of the same name, which focuses on the 1970s Knicks) debuted on ESPN tonight, and it showed the fight many have been waiting to see for decades.
Local Woman Dodges Danger for a Living and Inspires Young Girls
Years ago, a chance meeting launched the career of one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood but that's just one of LaFaye Baker's roles. The well-known stunt performer with many credits to her name is also working to inspire young women.
The 1806 African Meeting House was restored to its mid-19th century appearance to ensure its continued use as a community meeting place, while honoring the building's rich history. Photos Provided by the Museum of African American History.