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Al Sharpton speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in October 2007.
W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X made their marks.
But what about today's black leaders? What are they doing, and how are they passing the torch to the next generation?
The Rev. Al Sharpton offers Farai Chideya his take on the next group of black leaders and what they might accomplish.
He points out how diverse black leadership has been in style and approach: "In every era, we're always in transition ... Every generation has different people who do different things," Sharpton says.
What's Next for Civil Rights Movement?
What is the future of the Civil Rights Movement?
News & Notes examines the Civil Rights Movement of the past and how the fight for racial justice has changed for a new generation of blacks.
As part of our month-long series, Farai Chideya speaks with Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP and activist and writer Kevin Powell.
Powell's new book is called Someday We'll All Be Free.