A Filmmaker Tells the Story of African-American Astronauts
- 2m 16s
Laurens Grant is a pioneering documentary filmmaker who’s come a long way from her modest Midwestern upbringing to helming a major passion project: a documentary about African-American astronauts.
Ed Dwight Jr. Was Set to Become America’s First Black Astronaut
- 3m 17s
Edward Dwight Jr. was an ace combat pilot with a top aeronautics degree and 2,000 flying hours under his belt. In 1962, he was announced as a candidate to become America’s first black astronaut.
This Group Protested America’s Bid to Put a Man on the Moon
- 2m 6s
On the eve of the moon mission, NASA faced a protest by a group known as the Poor People’s Campaign. Their objection: $3 billion was spent on the Apollo mission, while poor people in the U.S. went hungry.
This Man Created the Finest Black Hotel in America
- 2m 15s
A.G. Gaston was a successful black businessman from Birmingham, Alabama. But he was also an unsung civil rights icon with tireless support for desegregation efforts.
What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman
From: Civil War 360: Fight For Freedom
- 2m 46s
One of our nation's greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways, but her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army.
The First Female African American Pilot
From: Black Wings
- 3m 1s
Bessie Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn't take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot's license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot.
How the New Deal Left Out African-Americans
From: America in Color: The 1930s
- 1m 44s
During the Great Depression, unemployment among African-Americans was twice that of whites - mostly due to segregation. One rare opportunity came on the Pullman sleeper trains, where most of the porters were black.
The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels
From: Black Wings
- 2m 32s
When Black leaders demanded equality and World War II demanded more skilled soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, or "Red-Tail Angels," became the first African American pilots to train for combat.
The March That Led to MLK's Arrest and Famous Letter
From: America in Color: The 1960s
- 1m 48s
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy led a march through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. Both were arrested and placed in solitary confinement. There, MLK penned his famously stirring letter defending African-American resistance.
The Vicious KKK Attack Against Nat King Cole
- 2m 20s
In 1956, Nat King Cole, one of the biggest musical stars in the world, was attacked on stage by the KKK. It was the reality of being a black man in America, where even fame and fortune couldn't protect you.
Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment
- 4m 25s
In 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the nation's first African American president paid tribute to a defining event in civil rights history.
Malcolm X's Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality
From: The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X
- 2m 43s
In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech.
The Men That Helped Dismantle Racial Segregation
- 2m 25s
On February 1, 1960, the Greensboro Four walked slowly and silently to the Woolworth's lunch counter. They didn't know what the future would bring but they could no longer live with the past.
MLK's Last Speech
- 2m 9s
"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following day.
Hank Aaron's Boundary-Shattering 715th Home Run
From: Major League Legends: Hank Aaron
- 3m 49s
In 1974, Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth's all-time home run record. But in the run up to this amazing feat, he faced a number of racially motivated threats. Here, we examine what breaking that record meant.
Major League Legends
- 4 Episodes
They didn't just shatter records, they made history. These are the stories of Major League Baseball's mythic heroes.
The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
See how The Negro Motorist Green Book helped African-Americans navigate the roads of a segregated nation.
Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier
Meet the black astronauts and engineers standing at the crossroads of the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race.
The Obama Years: The Power of Words
Witness six defining speeches of Barack Obama's political career, how they came together, and how they changed America.
America in Color
- 11 Episodes
Witness early 20th century American history as it was experienced by those who lived through it: in vibrant color.
Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4
Learn how four African American college students began a nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and started a revolution.
Meet the men and women who took to the skies during the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn't determine skill level.
Civil War 360
- 3 Episodes
Take a journey back in time and immerse yourself in a 150-year-old battle of The Civil War -- from the perspectives of the Union and the Confederacy -- that nearly split our nation in two.
MLK: The Assassination Tapes
The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it?
The Lost Tapes
- 10 Episodes
Witness some of the most shocking events of the 20th century in real-time, through the news broadcasts of the time.