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In celebration of Black History Month, Smithsonian Channel has compiled a thought-provoking series of original programs that explore important milestones made by African Americans throughout history, while also taking a look at contemporary cultural topics.

Description

In celebration of Black History Month, Smithsonian Channel has compiled a thought-provoking series of original programs that explore important milestones made by African Americans throughout history, while also taking a look at contemporary cultural topics.

    • EPISODE 1

    Black Wings

    For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge – to conquer the forces of racism. Meet the men and women of color who took to the skies throughout the 20th Century and helped prove to a segregated nation that skin color didn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all.

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    • 51 Minutes

    For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But black aviators had an additional challenge – to conquer the forces of racism. Meet the men and women of color who took to the skies throughout the 20th Century and helped prove to a segregated nation that skin color didn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path-breaking pilots who opened the skies for all.

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    • 51 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4

    It was an average Woolworth's lunch counter, but these were no average customers. What transpired on Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina 50 years ago sent shockwaves through every block across America. This is the story of the Greensboro Four, college freshman who led a nonviolent sit-in and taught a country that it was finally time to serve everyone. In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter started a revolution.

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    • 46 Minutes

    It was an average Woolworth's lunch counter, but these were no average customers. What transpired on Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina 50 years ago sent shockwaves through every block across America. This is the story of the Greensboro Four, college freshman who led a nonviolent sit-in and taught a country that it was finally time to serve everyone. In February of 1960, a simple coffee order at America's favorite five-and-dime store sparked a series of events that would help put an end to segregation in the United States. Join us as we detail the extraordinary story of otherwise ordinary young men, four African-American college students whose nonviolent sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter started a revolution.

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    • 46 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    MLK: The Assassination Tapes

    April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King’s aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era.

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    • 46 Minutes

    April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King’s aides pointing toward the direction of the gunfire is iconic, but tells only part of the story. For the first time, a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage has been chronologically reassembled. The resulting documentary allows us to revisit the tumultuous events surrounding one of the most shocking assassinations in America and relive history through the voices of the era.

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    • 46 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Breath of Freedom

    They fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. This is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Discover their encounters with hatred, from the enemy and from within their own ranks. Explore this paradoxical chapter in American history through interviews with war heroes, including Colin Powell, Tuskegee ace pilot Roscoe Brown, and Charles Evers, brother of Civil Rights activist and WWII veteran Medgar Evers.

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    • 1 Hour 32 Minutes

    They fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels. Their fight would continue back home on American soil. This is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Discover their encounters with hatred, from the enemy and from within their own ranks. Explore this paradoxical chapter in American history through interviews with war heroes, including Colin Powell, Tuskegee ace pilot Roscoe Brown, and Charles Evers, brother of Civil Rights activist and WWII veteran Medgar Evers.

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    • 1 Hour 32 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Legend of Lead Belly

    Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond. See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now.

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    • 51 Minutes

    Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond. See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now.

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    • 51 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Mississippi Inferno: Seeds of Revolt

    They poured into Mississippi a thousand strong, activists and volunteers, intent on ending racial repression through the Freedom Summer Project. The effort's success relied on local black landowners, families who offered shelter and a degree of economic independence in the form of dirt and deeds. In part one of this two-part series, Danny Glover narrates this untold chapter of American civil rights history, chronicled through archival footage and interviews with the men and women who literally stood their ground against injustice.

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    • 46 Minutes

    They poured into Mississippi a thousand strong, activists and volunteers, intent on ending racial repression through the Freedom Summer Project. The effort's success relied on local black landowners, families who offered shelter and a degree of economic independence in the form of dirt and deeds. In part one of this two-part series, Danny Glover narrates this untold chapter of American civil rights history, chronicled through archival footage and interviews with the men and women who literally stood their ground against injustice.

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    • 46 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Mississippi Inferno: Deeds of Defiance

    For African-American landowners and the activists they supported, change finally came to Mississippi in the 1960s. After beatings, arrests, fire bombings, and murder, congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination nationwide. But the fight for constitutional rights was far from over. Danny Glover narrates the untold story of the courageous black landowners who brought change to Mississippi, leading to the Voting Rights Act, school desegregation, and, ultimately, seats in public office.

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    • 46 Minutes

    For African-American landowners and the activists they supported, change finally came to Mississippi in the 1960s. After beatings, arrests, fire bombings, and murder, congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination nationwide. But the fight for constitutional rights was far from over. Danny Glover narrates the untold story of the courageous black landowners who brought change to Mississippi, leading to the Voting Rights Act, school desegregation, and, ultimately, seats in public office.

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    • 46 Minutes
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