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.
"Painted Down" is an upcoming feature documentary on the groundbreaking history of black stuntmen and women in Hollywood. The term "painted down" refers to the practice of putting white stuntmen in blackface to double for black actors and actresses.
African-American poet, Langston Hughes recites his poem, "The Weary Blues" (1925) to jazz accompaniment with the Doug Parker Band on the CBUT (CBC Vancouver) program "The 7 O'Clock Show" in 1958. Host, Bob Quintrell introduces the performance.
50 Years Later African-Americans See New Voting Rights Battles Ahead
Thousands of people will gather to mark the 50th anniversary of a historic civil rights march on March 7th in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama. In 1965, dozens of people were seriously injured during the event known as “Bloody Sunday,” after police attacked African-American demonstrators demanding voting rights. VOA’s Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights pioneers who are still fighting for voting rights in Alabama more than 50 years later.
Separate, But Equal: Rare Images from Segregated South
Despite the hardships imposed by segregation in the Deep South, the vibrant African American heritage displayed in this film reveals a little known black middle class community in Mississippi. Photographer H.C. Anderson captured it all as his neighbors lived their lives separately but -- in many ways -- equally.
Civil rights leader Ruby Bridges remembers integrating the New Orleans school system in 1960 and the lessons of racial justice that her teacher and Dr. King taught. She urges Americans to honor Dr. King's legacy of service by volunteering on MLK Day.