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  • Protest in Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision
    November 18, 2014  

    As Ferguson, Missouri, awaits a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in August, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and instituted a council of local leaders and law enforcement to address tensions. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Danielle Belton of Clutch Magazine Online and Susan McGraugh of Saint Louis University. Continue reading

  • Michael Brown parents
    November 12, 2014   BY Joshua Barajas 

    Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. joined a delegation that took the events surrounding their son’s killing to an international forum, listing several recommendations for the United Nations Committee Against Torture to help “end racial profiling and police brutality against people of color” in the United States. Continue reading

  • cosbys
    November 11, 2014  

    A private collection of African-American art went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art this week. The collectors are none other than philanthropist Camille Cosby and her husband, comedian Bill Cosby, who began acquiring pieces early on in their 50-year marriage. Gwen Ifill interviews the Cosbys about the exhibit and some of their favorite works. Continue reading

  • Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last month. The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into the police practices in the St. Louis suburb. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
    September 4, 2014   BY Eric Tucker, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday night.

    The person said the investigation could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon. Missouri officials were notified Wednesday of the probe. Continue reading

  • mistycopeland
    August 27, 2014  

    Misty Copeland is only the second African-American woman ever to reach the level of soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Now the author of a new memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” she shares the story of her improbable rise from poverty to the spotlight, as well as her desire to open the artform to more dancers from all economic backgrounds and races. Continue reading

  • Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is comforted during the funeral services for her son inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Robert Cohen-Pool/Getty Images
    August 25, 2014  

    While mourners lay Michael Brown to rest, the meaning and impact of the death of the unarmed African-American teenager continues to provoke discourse around the nation. For insight on the debate over criminal justice and race, Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Starsky Wilson of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fredrick Harris of Columbia University and Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity. Continue reading

  • On August 14, three police cars and four officers on foot led the way during a protest march. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images
    August 15, 2014  

    The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is more than two-thirds African-American. But only three of its 53 police officers are black. Jeffrey Brown talks to Tracie Keesee of the UCLA Center for Policing Equity and Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association to explore why so many communities across the nation face similar racial imbalances, and what can be done to fix it. Continue reading

  • November 26, 2013  

    In "Many Rivers to Cross," Henry Louis Gates Jr. recounts 500 years of African-American history in a six-part series for PBS. Gwen Ifill sits down with Gates, a Harvard University professor, to discuss the journey of black Americans who created hope and persistence in the face of brutal discrimination. Continue reading

  • October 17, 2013  

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be New Jersey’s first African-American senator, having been elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. Gwen Ifill talks to Booker about his win, his legislative priorities and how he plans to pursue "uncommon coalitions for uncommon results" with his fellow lawmakers. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2013  

    In Oakland, Calif., some programs are working to better help African-American boys graduate from high school and improve their social and academic outcomes. Special correspondent Joshua Johnson of KQED reports on the push to change the way these students think about school by offering them more support. Continue reading

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