This week, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that celebrated civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers had been a paid informant for the FBI, reporting on the whereabouts and activities of the movement’s leaders — many of whom considered him a personal … Continue reading
Groundbreaking singer, performer and film star Lena Horne died Sunday night in New York at the age of 92. Horne, the first African American to sign a long-term contract with a major film studio, broke down racial barriers, most memorably with “Stormy Weather.”
Charles Moore, a photographer whose images helped to enlighten the nation to the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s, died at the age of 79. According to his daughter, he died from natural causes in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, March 11.
The civil rights era produced some of the most memorable songs in American music history. In an excerpt from the PBS program “In Performance at the White House,” President and Mrs. Obama toast Black History Month with a celebration of the era’s music. Continue reading
In observance of Martin Luther King Day, Ray Suarez speaks with historian Peniel Joseph about his new book "Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama." 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
Sen. Barack Obama’s nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate coincides with turning points in American civil rights history. Historians and analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the progress in American representativeness and the challenges to becoming a post-racial society. Continue reading