Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history
Only one Congresswoman voted against the 'war on terror'. Her name was Barbara Lee.
The black former soldier choked to death on the floor of a British police station in 1998
Shortly after his release from prison the South African freedom fighter toured the USA
One man's experience of the controversial US law that saw thousands locked up for life
People rioted in Los Angeles after police who had assaulted a black man were acquitted
When New York police shot a young immigrant 41 times, thousands took to the streets
In 1987 Diane Abbott became the first black woman to be elected to the British Parliament
Desmond's was the most successful black sitcom in British TV history
In 1981 police used CS gas for the first time in mainland Britain to control race riots
Violence between the black community and the Metropolitan police in South London in 1981
After four white policemen were acquitted of killing a black man - Miami rioted in 1980
A nightclub in the British city of Birmingham was forced to lift its racial restrictions
The Guyanese historian and political activist Walter Rodney was killed by a bomb in 1980
In November 1978, the defender became the first black Englishman to play for his country.
The epic mini-series about slavery in the USA hit TV screens in January 1977
How anti-racists stopped a far-right march in South London in 1977.
In December 1976 gunmen tried to kill the legendary reggae singer at his home in Jamaica.
The mathematicians who worked behind the scenes on the American space programme
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