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.
A Civil War-era photograph of slaves owned by General Robert E. Lee is now being preserved and will soon be put on public display at Lee's Arlington House. It was recently discovered, thanks to the keen eye of a local volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.