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.
Florence Joyner, or "Flo Jo," was born in Los Angeles in 1959. At the 1984 Olympics, she won a silver medal in the 200-meter run. At the 1988 Olympics, she won three gold medals. Joyner died unexpectedly in 1998 but held Olympic world records.
This 2008 Emmy nominated documentary pays tribute to the valor and sacrifice of African-American soldiers while shedding light on the discrimination and disregard that at times proved more threatening than the rigors of battle.
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.
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.
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...
On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting rights.
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.
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.