Florence Joyner, or "Flo Jo," was born in Los Angeles in 1959. At the 1984 Olympics, she won a silver medal in the 200-meter run. At the 1988 Olympics, she won three gold medals. Joyner died unexpectedly in 1998 but held Olympic world records.
Convictions Erased for South Carolina Civil Rights Protestors
The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.
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.
Derek Bolin, a UCLA graduate student, recently salvaged and digitized speeches from the '50s. He found this long-lost speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered to UCLA students just after the march from Selma in 1965. It still resonates.
Ava Duvernay talks about the real events that shaped her latest film, Selma, and the new generation watching history. She also discusses what it was like to work with Oprah Winfrey, who joined Dr. Martin Luther King to fight for her own right to vote.
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.
He Risked Teaching Job to Support Civil Rights Marchers
Booker T. Booker was a principal at a local elementary school when the history-making civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery began. He was also completing his degree at Alabama State University and driving the 50 miles from Selma, Alabama to the school every night, while smuggling in teachers, students, farmers and anyone else who wanted to join the movement.
How Losing Brother in Vietnam Inspired Man to Join Civil Rights Movement
For Herb Metoyer, the period from 1963 to 1965 is still an open wound. In 1963, during his first tour as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he lost several aircrafts and quite a few crew members, which he refers to as his first experience with death.
Kennedy Center Honors Al Green for Soul, Staying Power
Al Green was one of five artists honored at the Kennedy Center this year. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer, whose iconic voice has stirred souls with pop music and gospel for decades, about a life of making music and preaching.