HOUSTON — Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants and water fountains were divided by race. Half a century later, the first black man to become president is commemorating what’s been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting deep inequalities that remain. Continue reading
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings – among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom – sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
In November 2013, an intern at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y., uncovered the only known recording of a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sept. 12, 1962, at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed the day’s events would “go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” King’s dream and legacy are the central focus of a major ceremony … Continue reading
On the very moment that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech 50 years ago, a bell rang out amid a crowd of thousands who gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Ray Suarez highlights notable moments and words from the celebration. Continue reading
Leading up to Barack Obama’s speech tonight at Invesco field in Denver, Gwen Ifill sits down with Jesse Jackson to discuss the democratic process and the role Barack Obama is playing in this election. Continue reading
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, leaving the civil rights movement he led to forge its own path. A panel of analysts discuss King’s complex legacy and how U.S. race relations have evolved since his death. Continue reading