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Smithsonian Channel Presents Black History Month

Honoring the achievements. Remembering the struggle.

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Zora Neale Hurston and the WPA

After making a name for herself as an author in the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston became a WPA writer and an enthusiastic anthropologist who studied her subjects by joining in.

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3 Feb 2012

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Spotlight on Smithsonian's Newest Museum

Host Susan Spencer interviews Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

2mins

10 Feb 2012

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Author Richard Wright: An American Son

Years before his book Native Son became a best seller, author Richard Wright experienced the hard times of the Great Depression and launched his literary career working on the WPA Writers' Project.

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3 Feb 2012

Rank #3

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The Winning Architectural Design

Six world-renowned architects compete for the chance to design the Smithsonian's newest museum, but only one will win the opportunity to build on the National Mall.

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3 Feb 2012

Rank #4

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A Plan in Place

On February 1, 1960, the Greensboro Four walked slowly and silently to the Woolworth's lunch counter. They didn't know what the future would bring but they could no longer live with the past.

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26 Jan 2012

Rank #5

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Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan of the Greensboro Four

Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan, of the Greensboro Four, tells of his frustration with segregation and his desire to do something about it.

25 Jan 2012

Rank #6

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Franklin McCain of the Greensboro Four

Franklin McCain, of the Greensboro Four, advises that we cannot wait for the approval of others to do something that we know is right.

25 Jan 2012

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Joseph McNeil of the Greensboro Four

Joseph McNeil, of the Greensboro Four, was compelled to stand up for his beliefs, regardless of how the rest of the world might react.

25 Jan 2012

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The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels

When Black leaders demanded equality and World War II demanded more skilled soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, or "Red-Tail Angels," became the first African American pilots to train for combat.

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17 Jan 2012

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The First Female African American Pilot

Bessie Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn't take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot's license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot.

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16 Jan 2012

Rank #10