Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in studio with documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Nelson is known for his films Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till, and, Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice.
Assata Shakur Describes the New Jersey Turnpike Shooting
Shakur describes the series of events that took place on May 2, 1973, on the New Jersey Turnpike led to her being accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and gravely injuring Trooper James Harper. Shakur was shot twice during the incident, and maintains that she was treated inhumanely during her time in the hospital where she remained in custody.
The 1806 African Meeting House was restored to its mid-19th century appearance to ensure its continued use as a community meeting place, while honoring the building's rich history. Photos Provided by the Museum of African American History.
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.
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.
Assata Shakur on Why She Joined the Black Panther Party
Shakur conducted research about a variety of social-justice organizations and explains why she ultimately decided to join the Black Panther Party. In her mind, reform was no longer an option. The U.S. government needed to be revamped from the inside out in order for African Americans to be treated equally.
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.