"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.
Mr. Lee Hayes, who grew up in Amagansett, NY, describes his experiences of being among the first African-Americans to train and serve in the Army Air Corps during WWII, providing a glimpse back to a vital time in US History.
An undisputed heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior. In 1997, he made headlines for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a rematch.
19th-century photographer Hugh Mangum made portraits of both black and white Americans across the Jim Crow South. Now a modern-day photographer wants to discover the identities of the people in those pictures.
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.
Return to Selma: People and Pictures Behind a Redefining Protest
This weekend, the nation pauses to remember a watershed moment in the civil rights movement. Sunday marks 50 years since the violent crackdown on peaceful marchers in Selma, Alabama. Senior White House correspondent Bill Plante was there on "Bloody Sunday" and takes a look back.
My Black History: Underground's Aisha Hinds Learns The Power of Art Through Nelson Mandela
Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just in books. It walks among us. So this month The Root is asking writers and other notables about the personal and pivotal events from their own lifetimes in a series we call My...
African Americans in the Military: A Legacy of Exceptional Service
African Americans have served with honor in the military since the beginning of our Nation's history. That service has not only been notable, it has been exceptional- often in the face of adversity. VA honors the service and sacrifice of all African American Veterans.
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.
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.