February 28, 2011 Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. That famous expression was used to describe the most celebrated boxer in history and one of the most successful American sportsmen the world has seen. Muhammad Ali burst onto the scene as a gold medal-winning boxer at the 1960 Rome Olympics and went on to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Ali's legacy reaches beyond boxing, to his efforts as a rights activist and humanitarian.
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February 28, 2011 As the situation in Libya worsens, Jack White of The Root takes a look at the number of black leaders who in the past have paid homage to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and other ruthless African heads of state, and argues that they should have set a better example.
February 27, 2011 In honor of Black History Month, the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has brought musicians to the region's airports in Virginia and Maryland. We stop by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to listen to one band play for a lunchtime crowd.
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Scrollworks offers music lessons and instruments for children, free of charge.
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February 26, 2011 To this day, Birmingham, Ala., is dealing with the aftermath of a brutal civil rights history. Many programs in the city seeking to heal lingering wounds by crossing racial and economic barriers. One of them is called Scrollworks. Through it, children are offered music lessons and instruments to practice on, free of charge.
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Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel poses with constituents at an "L" station in Chicago Tuesday.
February 26, 2011 An analysis from Chicago: "We'd say things like, 'The Poles will vote this way, the Mexicans will vote that way, Lithuanians won't vote for a black, blacks won't vote for a Jew, and Puerto Ricans won't vote for a Cuban.' But now, everyone's up for grabs. You can't label anyone."
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Mine No. 13 at Red Mountain Park is one of the older red ore mines in Birmingham, Ranger Eric McFerrin says.
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February 25, 2011 Before the civil rights movement made Birmingham, Ala., a dateline in history, it was a famous steel town. Its mines have been closed for more than three decades, but the network of old tramways is being turned into a large park. Now it's a place to explore both the history of mining and the subtleties of race.
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The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1909, from left: Alfred G. King (first bass), James A. Myers (second tenor), Noah W. Ryder (second bass) and John W. Work II (first tenor).
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February 25, 2011 Vocal ensembles at Nashville's Fisk University have existed for about as long as the campus itself. But the songs performed there today could have sounded very different if it hadn't been for the efforts of one of the school's first music directors.
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February 25, 2011 He is regarded as, arguably, the greatest electric guitarist in musical history. Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix's innovative style had a lasting impact on music in the 20th century. After initial success in Europe, Hendrix gained significant stardom from his performance at the historic Woodstock concert in 1969.
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February 25, 2011 Host Michel Martin and producer Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," report on the critical reaction to a Black History Month tribute to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. They also offer an update on the story of Mississippi sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott. The two were recently released from prison where they were serving life sentences for a 1994 armed robbery (for which they have maintained their innocence) on condition that Gladys donate a kidney to her sister Jamie, who is on dialysis. But doctors now say both women are too overweight to proceed with the transplant.
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February 24, 2011 New York's Harlem neighborhood was tough place to grow up in the 1940s and 1950s. Author Claude Brown experienced it and described it in his acclaimed book, "Manchild in the Promised Land". It's a coming-of-age story that explores the cultural, economic and religious conditions of that time and place. Brown went on write another book about the African American experience.
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February 24, 2011 After the Civil War, the United States seemed poised to grant equal rights to blacks. But the Supreme Court's rulings in the late 19th century kept blacks segregated for decades, says constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone.
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February 24, 2011 A nationwide survey shows that minorities are more hopeful about the future despite being hit hard by the economic downturn. Frank McCoy of The Root examines and analyzes the recent statistics.
February 23, 2011 She made her name capturing the essence of the black cultural experience in twentieth century America, through literature. Zora Neale Hurston was a writer, folklorist and anthropologist who wrote more than 50 celebrated short stories, plays and essays. She's best known for her acclaimed 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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February 23, 2011 In the midst of budget proposals for 2012, the exact future of Social Security remains unknown. E.R. Shipp of The Root argues that black retirees and children are more dependent than other groups on Social Security, yet their voices are often unheard in the debate over reform — and this has to change.
Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, said he was surprised to discover how much extremist groups had grown from 2009 to 2010.
February 23, 2011 The bad economy, the wide reach of the Internet and changing racial patterns in the U.S. add to the growing number of active extremist groups in the U.S., according to a new study from the Southern Law Poverty Center.
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