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Smithsonian Channel Presents Black History Month Profile

Smithsonian Channel Presents Black History Month

English, TV & Video, 1 season, 19 episodes, 40 minutes
Honoring the achievements. Remembering the struggle. Smithsonian Channel has compiled this thought-provoking podcast series in celebration of Black History Month.
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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.
36 seconds
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Marian Anderson in Concert

Civil Rights history is captured on film as singer Marian Anderson performs for the entire country at the Lincoln Memorial.
1 minute, 7 seconds
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Spotlight on Scurlock Studio

Beginning in 1911, Addison Scurlock's photographs read like a "who's who" of black America. Today, they are considered a treasure trove of African American history.
2 minutes, 51 seconds
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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.
2 minutes
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance

Curator Deborah Willis describes the National Museum of African American History and Culture's first exhibit.
2 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen

The first African American pilots ever inducted into the US Army Air Corps recall how much has changed since they joined in 1942.
1 minute, 25 seconds
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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.
2 minutes, 32 seconds
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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.
2 minutes, 25 seconds
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What It Takes to Truck Oil 14 Hours a Day

For hazmat driver Ben Moorhead, a grueling workday starts at the crack of dawn. Here, he walks us through what it's like to transport oil for a living and the science involved in safely testing his precious cargo.
3 minutes, 41 seconds
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Capturing a Movement

Scurlock's photography captured the black community of Washington, DC, as they confronted racial segregation on the nation's doorstep.
2 minutes, 29 seconds
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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.
1 minute, 43 seconds
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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.
1 minute, 55 seconds
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Remembering the Aftermath of a Tragic Event

We sit down with Lonnie Bunch, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to hear his personal recollections of the events following MLK's assassination.
3 minutes, 55 seconds
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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.
2 minutes, 54 seconds
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All or None

When four college freshmen began to talk about affecting change within their community, only three were up for the challenge.
2 minutes, 16 seconds
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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.
58 seconds
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A Vintage Tuskegee Airplane

Now flown only by nostalgic young pilots, one of the old-fashioned, low-tech WWII planes used by the first Tuskegee Airmen has been fully restored and dubbed "Spirit of Tuskegee."
1 minute, 32 seconds
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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.
3 minutes, 1 second
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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.
48 seconds