As voters cast ballots in Colorado’s primary, politics-watchers will be keeping an eye out for signs of what might be to come in November’s midterm elections. Gwen Ifill speaks with Dan Balz, national political reporter for The Washington Post, about what’s at stake and what to watch for in the races. Continue reading
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Lee’s classic, read today in classrooms throughout the country, has sold more than 30 million copies and made a lasting impact on many writers through the years.
Legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers in the entertainment industry, died Sunday in New York at age 92. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at her career. Continue reading
Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” his first novel, is widely-considered one of the great works of modern literature. After it came out in 1952, Ellison wrote and wrote, and readers waited and waited, but a second novel never came. When he died in 1994, Ellison left thousands of pages of material.
Terrance Hayes is the author of three books of poems: “Muscular Music” (1999); “Hip Logic” (2002, National Poetry Series winner); and “Wind in a Box” (2006), and the recipient of many awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry selection and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
The question of race has simmered on the back burner of the national debate over President Obama’s policy agenda. Gwen Ifill talks to columnists and academics about the role of race in the current political climate. 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
Academics and analysts discussed whether affirmative action policies should continue to be based on race and ethnicity or changed to reflect a person’s class and wealth. Ray Suarez moderated the debate at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Continue reading