It's hard to find all the words that fit Ashley Bryan: he writes, collects folklore, sings, teaches and recites. Bryan speaks with Dick about the Harlem Renaissance, Black American spirituals and the power of voice. [See more photos of Ashley's work here.]
Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.
In 2002, Amiri Baraka was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey. In less than a year, he offended so many people the state cancelled its laureate program just to keep him out of the public eye. Now he's back in the news because his son, Ras Baraka, is running for mayor of Newark.
In an economic crisis, museums are among the first institutions to lose their financial foothold. But the Mark Twain House and Museum has managed to keep afloat during one of Wall Street's gloomiest periods in history - even though it was once in deep financial distress.Also in this episode, a story from our series of "Tough Jobs." Today, a senior prosecutor.