As 2021 comes to a close, TIME looks back at some of the history-making moments we captured on film. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite video stories about the people who have changed our present, for us or for themselves; innovations are shaping our future; and a past that we are only just beginning to grapple with.
Amanda Gorman: ‘The Hill We Climb’
Gorman, the youngest poet to take office in the United States, recently talked to TIME about her writing process, attending the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and the most valuable lesson she learned from her unprecedented year. In this video, she reads the poem that made her name.
Reintroduced Tommy Dorfman
“I view today as a reintroduction of me as a woman who has made a medical transformation,” actor Tommy Dorfman told writer Torrey Peters as they spoke in a TIME interview. “The show is always supposed to be this big reveal, but I never don’t go out. Today is about clarity: I am a transgender woman. Here, Dorfman discusses how to live authentically in the eyes of the public.
Inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon: Here’s How Inspiration4 Crew Will Go To Space
Mission Inspiration4 tick the first time an all-civilian, non-governmental crew went into orbit. TIME Studios produces Netflix documentary series Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space, an inside look at this unprecedented journey.
History You Haven’t Learned: Black Wall Street
It’s been 100 years since the Tulsa racial massacre, when an angry white mob destroyed a thriving black neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla. And Tulsa’s story is just one part of a larger history of Black Wall Street that exists in many American cities. In this short documentary, Arpita Aneja, and TIME’s Olivia Waxman explore the history of Jackson Ward in Richmond, Va., where the first “Black Wall Street” appeared around the turn of the 20th century.
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