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When Anderson met up with the President in Ghana this past weekend, he ran into African Americans who have taken up permanent residence in Ghana. One woman, from New York, went to visit Ghana 20 years ago and was so moved by the history of the region that she never left. She started a guest house where many African Americans go to visit. She guides them through what can often be an emotional visit to places like the Cape Coast Castle, which was once a dungeon for enslaved Africans bound for the western hemisphere.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us more about what many consider to be modern-day slavery in Haiti. He went to look into the lives of Restaveks – young children whose poverty-stricken parents send them to live with families in urban areas. The children work as domestic servants in exchange for food and shelter. But the reality for the majority of these children is grim. Watch his report about a day in the life of a Restavek tonight.
The President makes history today as the first African American President to address the NAACP. The organization is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Does the NAACP continue to be as relevant as it once was? How do you think it will evolve? CNN will be tweeting from the convention and we’ll link to it on our site.
More details continue to unfold in the murder case in Florida. Authorities are now charging an eighth person, Pamela Long Wiggins, in connection with the slaying of Byrd and Melanie Billings, a couple who adopted special-needs children. Many investigators, including members from the DEA, are involved. We’re monitoring this story closely and will keep you posted tonight.
We’re following the fourth day of confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor on Capitol Hill today. Yesterday, she seemed to dodge questions about her personal beliefs but was adamant about her adherence to the law. Two New Haven firefighters will testify today – given Judge Sotomayor’s decision on the New Haven firefighter’s case, it will be interesting to hear their remarks.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off into orbit last night and on this date 40 years ago Apollo 11 launched into space. Are you old enough to remember where you were on that day in 1969? What are your hopes for the space program?
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