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
National Book Award-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed speaks about her book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” and what sparked her interest in the family’s complex history. Continue reading
As the new first lady, Michelle Obama’s background and style have captivated the public. White House senior adviser and Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett discusses the first lady’s role and provides insight on life in the Obama White House. Continue reading