A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century. He served as a New York congressman during the Fifties and Sixties.
The world famous escape artist could escape from everything - except his own mortality.
In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
A nostalgic and humorous look at how old world Chicago lives side by side with the new.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.