A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
Malcolm X, a man who both terrified and inspired, expressed the anger and struggle of black people for freedom in the 1960s.
A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.