Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa's vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied. The government prepared funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe. The government has yet to announce a detailed schedule for a mourning period that is expected to...
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.
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.
Helen Turner Thompson Reflects on Traditional African American Gospel Music
Octogenarian Helen Turner Thompson, of Cleveland Ohio, is dedicated to preserving, performing and promoting African American traditional gospel music. In this short clip, she explains why the music is precious - and endangered. This clip supported the Traditional Master Artist grant that Turner Thompson received from the Ohio Arts Council in 2011.