Civil Rights Movement
In 1961, actor and Civil Rights activist Ossie Davis wrote the blistering play Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch. Now, Leslie Odom Jr. stars in the revival.
The National Park Service and the city are teaming up to restore the AG Gaston Motel built by Black entrepreneur AG Gaston. It served as a secure space for civil rights leaders to strategize in 1963.
On June 12, 1963, Evers was assassinated at his home in Jackson, Miss., by a Ku Klux Klan member. While other leaders pushed for equality across the U.S., Evers focused on his native Mississippi.
With pandemic restrictions lifted, tourists are returning to Mississippi's famous Blues Trail. Civil rights leaders are noticing some are now hungry for more context about the music's origins.
Sparked in part by the civil rights movement, the show aimed to teach children basic skills. His hope was to "help those children who would otherwise not succeed in school, do better," he said.
The 14-year-old was killed by two white men in 1955 after a white woman accused him of flirting with her. The medal will be on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In 1955, a 14-year-old Black boy was lynched in Mississippi. Till tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, whose insistence on an open-casket funeral helped ignite the civil rights movement.
One of the first lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement took place in Oklahoma City in 1958. This weekend, the city remembers the protest and its organizer, Clara Luper.
An initiative is underway in Winston-Salem to create a digital archive about African American heritage in the community. Oral histories are being collected to capture these stories.
The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, which sets prison terms of up to 30 years, has been more than a century in the making.