Ade Adepitan champions the life of George Washington Williams.
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Mark Coles profiles the Queen of Soul.
A look at the remarkable life and music of Aretha Franklin who has died aged 76.
Ida B Wells, the African-American civil rights activist, is chosen by Baroness Oona King.
Chris Bowlby profiles self-styled socialist US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Biographer Kate Buford explains Burt Lancaster's unconventional and successful career
Cerys Matthews celebrates the life of gospel singer Mahalia ('Halie') Jackson.
Cerys Matthews celebrates one of her musical heroines, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
Cult leaders David Koresh and Reverend Jim Jones are compared.
Samuel L Jackson on seeing his likeness in a comic before ever being cast as Nick Fury.
Naomi Beckwith examines the overlooked printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, born to slavery.
A reflection on the comment that ended the presidential campaign of George Romney.
How a whites-only lunch counter was challenged in North Carolina, USA, in 1960.
Obituary for former vice president Hubert Humphrey.
The musician Ice-T talks to Front Row about his documentary on the history of rap music.
A look at the life and career of songwriter Irving Berlin at the age of 100.
A tribute to Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972) the first black Major League baseball player.
Soul II Soul frontman and DJ Jazzie B chooses the life of musician and singer James Brown.
How actress Jean Seberg (1938-79) was tormented by the FBI.
Singer songwriter Joan Armatrading pays tribute for Nina Simone, in 2003.
Four voices consider the legacy of Malcolm X in post-Ferguson America.
Stephen Tuck asks why Malcolm X was so passionate about speaking at an Oxford Union debate
Ernie Rea discusses the faith and philosophy of Martin Luther King.
Writer and broadcaster Tim Marlow chooses innovative soul singer Marvin Gaye.
A profile of politician Millicent Fenwick (1910-1992).
Muhammad Ali on Dick Cavett show September 1978. Rising popularity of Edward Kennedy.
Muhammad Ali is economist Nicholas Stern's great life as he tells Matthew Parris.
Joanna Macgregor nominates the chanteuse and civil rights activist Nina Simone.