Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history
People rioted in Los Angeles after police who had assaulted a black man were acquitted
One man's experience of the controversial US law that saw thousands locked up for life
How an all-black college team overturned racist assumptions about basketball in the USA
Four young black girls were killed in a racist attack on a church in Alabama in 1963
A landmark case about racial segregation in the USA.
Ann Lowe designed Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress but for years few people knew her name
After four white policemen were acquitted of killing a black man - Miami rioted in 1980
A woman who died in the US in 1940 was captured and enslaved in West Africa as a child
When New York police shot a young immigrant 41 times, thousands took to the streets
Only one Congresswoman voted against the 'war on terror'. Her name was Barbara Lee.
The epic mini-series about slavery in the USA hit TV screens in January 1977
How Lee Elder broke one of the last colour barriers in US sport in 1975
The great African-American jazz singer moved to West Africa in 1974.
It wasn't until 1974 that American Vogue put a black model on its cover for the first time
The first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the US Presidency in 1972
In September 1971 prisoners in a high security jail in the US rose up against their guards
In August 1969, the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers was formed
How the boxing champion's refusal to go to Vietnam made him a hero to 1960s radicals
Moneta Sleet, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
Held 24 hours after the death of Martin Luther King, the gig went ahead peacefully
The revolutionary Black Panther Party provided free breakfasts for local schoolchildren.
The Californian woman who ended segregation in the American housing market in 1967.
The African-American winter holiday was invented in Los Angeles in 1966.
Martin Luther King made his historic plea for racial equality at the March on Washington