Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was one of the South's most prominent Civil Rights leaders. He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., co-founded the SCLC and refused to waver even after he was brutally attacked.
After racial discrimination was legally outlawed in 1964, southern public schools began to desegregate, and black students started to learn alongside white students. Now, decades later, meet the men and women who made history.
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964, the Freedom Summer project drew thousands of volunteers to register black voters and build a new political party. The goals of Freedom leaders were not only ambitious, but revolutionary.
Tonight, I'm joined by Prof. Daina Ramey Berry, Prof. Eric Walther, and Prof. Allyson Hobbs, three scholars of American history, to unpack the causes and consequences -- both immediate and enduring -- of the most deadly war in U.S. history, 150 years after its final battle.
Whitney Plantation Museum Confronts Painful History of Slavery
The first museum in America dedicated entirely to slavery opened a few months ago in Wallace, Louisiana. Michelle Miller visits the museum and found a surprising history, not only about the plantation, but her own family.
This Peabody award winning series is back and this time we leave the city to take a look at a school district in South Carolina, where the small town of Hartsville, South Carolina is making strides by involving everyone in the community in their plan for education. A co-production between the National Black Programming Consortium and South Carolina ETV, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate Initiative.
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.
Selma 50 Years Later: Amelia Boynton Robinson Recalls Bloody Sunday
“They came with horses,” Amelia Boynton Robinson recalled. “They came with nightsticks.” On March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers blocked civil rights demonstrators who had just crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Boynton Robinson, then a middle-aged black woman, was tear-gassed and beaten and slumped unconscious on the side of the road. The troopers attacked the marchers in events that became known as "Bloody Sunday."
Selma 50 Years Later: Lynda Lowery Worries Over Legacy
On Saturday, March 7th, thousands of people will commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," including Lynda Blackmon Lowery, one of the youngest people to march for civil rights from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery.
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."