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.
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.
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.
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.