As an NAACP field secretary, Medgar Evers became a target for those who opposed racial equality and desegregation. On June 12, 1963 at 12:40 a.m., Evers was shot in the back in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
It was Morgan's experience while driving along the streets of Cleveland that led to his invention of a traffic signal device. The first American-made automobiles were introduced to U.S. consumers not long after the turn of the century. It was not uncommon for bicycles, animal-powered wagons and new gasoline-powered motor vehicles to share the same streets and roadways with pedestrians. According to tradition, it was after witnessing a collision between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage...
Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. CBS News' Dean Reynolds finds his legacy is strong in Chicago, where a history teacher has been inviting marchers from the past to talk to students of the present.
How Losing Brother in Vietnam Inspired Man to Join Civil Rights Movement
For Herb Metoyer, the period from 1963 to 1965 is still an open wound. In 1963, during his first tour as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he lost several aircrafts and quite a few crew members, which he refers to as his first experience with death.
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.
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.
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and the Birmingham Movement
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.
For 382 days, almost the entire African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama, including leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, refused to ride on segregated buses, a turning point in the American civil rights movement.
During the 'Freedom Summer,' activists from the North traveled to Mississippi to teach young black teens, in hopes of inspiring change in the segregated South. That's when Aviva Futorian and Roy DeBerry met, sparking a lifelong friendship.
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In 1966, Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. Known for his bipartisan efforts, the Massachusetts Republican served two terms and helped pave the way for future politicians of color. Gwen Ifill remembers the achievements of the late senator, who died over the weekend at the age of 95.
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.