Author Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder) talked with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in March, 2010 about his newest book, Hellhound on His Trail, an intense narrative recounting the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international manhunt for his killer, James Earl Ray.
Roads to Memphis was produced in parallel with Hellhound on His Trail.
An African American civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery before becoming a journalist in Memphis.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
An African American minister whose dream of ending racism galvanized millions of Americans in the civil rights movement.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader from Jamaica, had great successes and failures before being jailed and deported from the US in 1927.
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.