Nashville Sit-Ins
Fear Did Not Stop Diane Nash from Leading Nashville Sit-Ins

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Civil rights strategist Diane Nash was a chairperson and leader of the campaign to end racially segregated lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee–a campaign now known as the Nashville sit-ins, which lasted from February 13 to May 10, 1960. Nash led a group of young students to sit-in at segregated … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
How Althea Gibson Broke Boundaries for Black Athletes

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In this segment from “Althea Gibson: A Documentary,” Gibson is praised for becoming the first black woman to win the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship and Wimbledon in 1957. Fellow tennis players, such as Dr. Harold Freeman, discuss how Gibson’s triumphs were exceptional because tennis was previously offered exclusively to … Continue reading

8888 Uprising
8888 Uprising Stories of Four Survivors

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Four people tell of their experiences on the day of the 8888 Uprising, the pro-democracy demonstrations across Rangoon and Burma that were crushed by the Burmese Junta. Although thousands of university students, monks, housewives and children were killed by the military during the uprising, government records account for only 350 … Continue reading

Japanese American Internment Camps
Actor Pat Morita on Japanese Internment Camps

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Actor Pat Morita describes his experience in various Japanese internment camps during World War II. He also discusses the euphemistic terminology he feels is used when Americans remember the camps, citing the official term, “Relocation Camps,” as an inaccurate representation of the harsh and unjust imprisonment suffered by many Japanese Americans.

2012-2013 Egyptian Protests
Egypt Celebrates New Future After Government Coup

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CNBC reports live on July 3, 2013, the tumultuous night that Islamist Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was ousted and placed under house arrest. The end of the Muslim Brotherhood’s short-lived regime prompted thousands of citizens to celebrate in Cairo. The “political reset,” caused an upheaval that was reminiscent to that … Continue reading

1968 Washington D.C. Riots
D.C. Was a ‘War Zone’ During the 1968 Riots

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Wendell Jackson, a Washington, D.C. native and current resident, describes what it was like to be involved in the 1968 D.C. riots that occurred after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson describes participating in the looting of a liquor store across the street from him and recalls what … Continue reading

Aung San Suu Kyi
Speaking Out After 15 Years of House Arrest

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Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s democracy movement and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, gives her first TV interview after being released from house arrest. Not only does she address the emotional toll of her experience, she also describes the day-to-day routines that sustained her. Although Suu Kyi … Continue reading

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emily Blunt Reads Emmeline Pankhurst’s Famous Speech From 1913

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Listen to actress Emily Blunt read Emmeline Pankhurst’s famous “Kill Me Or Give Me My Freedom” speech at the People Event in London in September of 2012. Pankhurst, the leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, originally delivered the speech in 1913 in an attempt to mobilize women in the … Continue reading

Bosnian War
Heartbreaking Stories from Teenage Survivors of Bosnian War

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Listen to three survivors describe the horrors they endured as teenagers in the Bosnian War, including rape and torture. The war, which erupted in April of 1992, was the result of the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. By the end of the war in December of 1995, … Continue reading