At precisely 8:54 p.m. on August 28, 1957, Senator Thurmond began the longest continuous filibuster in US history. A final stand against a tide of history that was overwhelming the forces of racism and white supremacy that dominated the South and Southern lawmakers in Congress.
Race, racism and privilege are central themes this summer, but they're anything but new. Only now, more people are recognizing there is a problem with the way justice and opportunity are present in the US.
On the run from police and branded a terrorist, Nelson Mandela decided he should do a TV interview. The then-42-year-old lawyer spoke with ITN reporter Brian Widlake — and Widlake walked away totally confused about the man he'd just met.
Feminist and social activist bell hooks says the abductions in Nigeria are a tragedy — but not entirely disconnected from the way young black girls are treated in the US. She says the US has a long way to go to address gender and racial equality at home.
The Washington Redskins face growing demands to change their team's nickname, which many Native Americans say is offensive. The public debate is also putting pressure on other teams, like the Edmonton Eskimos, that also use native imagery.