"I wish to become an active participant rather than a passive onlooker. As my husband and I are in close agreement as to our philosophy in the Civil Rights struggle, I wish to work near him in whatever capacity I may be most useful." Watch "Freedom Summer" on American Experience PBS on June 24, 2014.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
The legal efforts by a team of African American lawyers to eradicate segregation ultimately led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.