Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history
The desegregation of the education system in the Southern States of the USA began in 1960
Thousands of black American children protest against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama
The African-American winter holiday was invented in Los Angeles in 1966.
In 1954 the US Supreme Court ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional.
The first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the US Presidency in 1972
Martin Luther King made his historic plea for racial equality at the March on Washington
In August 1969, the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers was formed
Robert Robinson, a black American engineer, spent 43 years in the USSR against his will.
How an African American soldier captured in the Korean war, decided to settle in China
How Lee Elder broke one of the last colour barriers in US sport in 1975
A simple non-violent action to protest against racial segregation in restaurants and shops
In September 1971 prisoners in a high security jail in the US rose up against their guards
The African-American lab technician whose surgery helped save millions of babies..
How Mildred and Richard Loving fought to get mixed-race marriages legalised across the US
The story of an extraordinary act of courage by the civil rights leader Martin Luther King
The woman campaigner who became a role model for radical black activists in the USA.
Three civil rights workers are killed in Mississippi while taking part in Freedom Summer
Only one Congresswoman voted against the 'war on terror'. Her name was Barbara Lee.
The people of South Central Los Angeles took to the streets in fury at police brutality
In 1925 a young black American dancer became an overnight sensation in Paris
It wasn't until 1974 that American Vogue put a black model on its cover for the first time
The Californian woman who ended segregation in the American housing market in 1967.
In 1931, nine black teenagers were convicted of raping two white girls in Alabama.
Cells taken from an African American woman in 1951 revolutionised medical science
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