The up-and-coming boxer relished the tutelage and friendship of the influential Nation of Islam minister before a power struggle drove them apart.
The musician used her voice and songs to support the civil rights movement and speak out about crimes against Black people in America.
At the age of 19, the future Queen of Soul wed her manager—and the seven-year marriage was filled with dark moments.
The Queen of Soul and the King of Motown first met as kids in Detroit, not realizing how much impact they’d each have on the world of music.
The members of the gold-medal-winning 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team have moved on to successful lives as coaches, authors, media personalities and mothers.
Decades before Brown v. Board of Education, a Supreme Court decision favored the continued segregation of schools by race.
The often controversial activist called homosexuals an "oppressed minority."
The larger-than-life writer found unyielding companionship and support from her fellow American expatriate in Paris.
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An unexpected best-selling book by Amy Tan turned into a box office success, yet it wasn’t until 2018 that its effects stuck.
The two activist forged an unlikely bond in the 1960s while fighting for racial equality.
The inventors' different approaches to creating a standardized electrical system ultimately drove them apart.
With their leadership and bravery, these trailblazing activists left a lasting mark on American history, fighting for civil rights, labor rights and everything in between.
The royal couple's love story had a romantic beginning but their relationship was rattled by her early ascension to the throne five years into their marriage.
The author, who committed suicide at the age of 61, often struggled – like several other members of his family.
The gospel singer’s spontaneous action led the orator to go off script during his 1963 March on Washington address.
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics relentlessly pursued Holiday, the chase largely fueled by commissioner Harry Anslinger's biases.
The first Black U.S. congresswoman and major-party presidential candidate knew how to shake up the status quo with her pointed words.