They made beds and cleaned toilets. They shined shoes, dusted jackets, cooked meals and washed dishes. Yet the Pullman porters created history in the face of adversity and racial prejudice. They helped form the foundation for the black middle class, and became instrumental in the civil rights movement.
Follow two former porters as they travel from their homes in Seattle to Oakland, Calif., where they were honored by Amtrak and the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum for their years of service.
Lesra Martin discusses how hope, heart and human spirit can help people achieve their goals. He explains that nothing can be achieved in life without hope since people won't work for something unless they believe in it.
A Nigerian farmer is celebrating a landmark victory against oil giant Shell. A court in the Netherlands found Europe's largest oil company responsible for failing to prevent pollution on his land. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from the Niger Delta.
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