Art Beat talks to Phillip Hoose, who last week won the National Book Award for young people’s literature for “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.”
For many decades, Lena Horne was one of the best known and loved entertainers in the world, known for her talent and beauty.
President Obama spoke Thursday at the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. Gwen Ifill traveled to New York to speak with the leader and two activists from the organization about its changing role. Continue reading
President Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech Thursday to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, paying tribute to the organization’s history and challenging its members to confront continued racial disparities. Continue reading
To sit down and talk with Russell Goings, you would never guess he came to poetry later in life. Stories rich with allusions drawn from the gods of antiquity to the pioneers of the African-American journey to freedom pour out of Goings in a natural rhythm that reveals his connection to the blues and gospel, Homer and Shakespeare.
Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the high unemployment numbers among blacks in East St. Louis, where painful memories of the Great Depression still persist. Continue reading
The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a challenge by a Texas community to strike down an extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal recaps the day in court. Continue reading
John Hope Franklin, a revered Duke University historian and scholar of the African-American experience, died Wednesday at age 94. In this 2006 interview with Gwen Ifill, Franklin reflects on his life’s work. Continue reading