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.
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.
Malcolm X: “I wouldn’t suggest that they vote for any party or either party. I would suggest that the so-called Negroes become politically mature, realize the power that they hold in the field of politics."
On April 27th 1962, seven unarmed Muslims were shot outside Muslim Temple 27 in Los Angeles. Temple Secretary, Ronald Stokes 29, was killed. "They're going to pay for it," Malcolm declares, and goes to Los Angeles to eulogize Stokes at a funeral attended by 2,000 people.
Rare color footage of Malcolm X appearing on a television show in Chicago called "City Desk" on March 17, 1963. "My father didn't know his last name. My father got his last name from his grandfather and his grandfather got it from his grandfather who got it from the slavemaster.
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.
Family Reflects on Maryland Civil Rights Leader's Life
Black History Month this year is especially poignant as it marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a march in which one local leader participated.
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.
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.