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Black History Month
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click for more Search past NPR coverage of Black History Month.


click for more In February 2000, Morning Edition produced  The Unsung of Civil Rights series.

click for more Read about the  desegregation of the University of Mississippi.

click for more Learn about  Gordon Parks, the first black staff photographer at LIFE magazine. He is best known for documenting the lives of the poor.

click for more Learn about this history of  "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which came to be known as the black national anthem.

click for more NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor shares her love of  poet Langston Hughes.

click for more Read about  Mary Bowser, a freed slave who spied on Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.

Featured Audio

listenCommentary: Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson wonders why the contributions of African Americans are only celebrated in February. The Tavis Smiley Show, March 4, 2002

listenMaking Black History Every Day
Tavis Smiley speaks with Shannon Reeves, who believes African Americans need to work harder to make black history every day. Shannon Reeves is president of the Oakland, Calif., NAACP and secretary of the California Republican Party. The Tavis Smiley Show, Feb. 22, 2002

listenEveryone Should Celebrate Black History Month
Commentator Kathy Y. Wilson wants everyone to celebrate Black History Month -- but not by watching documentaries on PBS about Madam C.J. Walker. All Things Considered, Feb. 18, 2002

listen'Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History'
Host Lisa Simeone talks with Jacqueline Goggin about her biography Carter G. Woodson: A Life in Black History. Woodson devoted his life to the study of black America's past, and in 1926, created "Negro History Week" -- the origin of the celebration now known as Black History Month. All Things Considered, Feb. 16, 2002

listenPurpose of Black History Month
Host Tavis Smiley interviews the illustrious Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Professor Emerita of Emory University, about the purpose of Black History Month. The Tavis Smiley Show, Feb. 5, 2002

listenDocumenting the Black Experience
Commentator Lorraine Johnson-Coleman says memories and stories help document the African-American experience. Morning Edition, Feb. 9, 1999