Black History Month 2022 February is Black History Month in the U.S., and this year's theme is Black Health and Wellness. NPR has compiled a list of stories, music performances, podcasts and other content that chronicles the Black American experience.
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Why does Black History Month matter?

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People hold up signs and bags of Skittles candy during a rally in support of Trayvon Martin at Freedom Plaza in Washington, on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Trayvon, ten years later

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Authors Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson say it's important to be honest with children about the history of race and slavery in America. Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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'Born on the Water' gives Black children in America their origin story

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National African American History Museum curator on George Floyd protest photo

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Physicist Desiré Whitmore teaches workshops to help teachers better communicate science. As part of that, Desiré uses optical illusions to explain how social blind spots come into play in the classroom. Boris SV/Getty Images hide caption

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Do You See What I See?

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People pledge allegiance to America as they receive U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony for immigrants in Los Angeles in 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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1 in 10 Black people in the U.S. are migrants. Here's what's driving that shift

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Lawmakers want to ban discomfort in school. But Black history isn't always comfortable

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Tenor Curtis Bannister sings the role of Stan in Beethoven's Fidelio, in a dress rehearsal. Russ Rowland/Courtesy of Heartbeat Opera hide caption

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Prison choirs sing in a reboot of Beethoven's opera about unjust incarceration

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David Harris became the first Black man to fly a commercial airliner when he was hired by American Airlines. Courtesy of David Harris/National Geographic hide caption

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'Segregated Skies' tells the story of the first Black pilot for a commercial airline

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Mary Stepp Burnette Hayden, pictured around 1942, with her granddaughter, Mary Othella Burnette, and two of Hayden's great-grandchildren. Mary O. Burnette hide caption

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A granddaughter passes on the legacy of 'Granny Hayden,' a midwife born into slavery

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The Good and the Bad of TV Forensics

Raychelle Burks is a forensic chemist and an associate professor at American University. She's also a big fan of murder mysteries. Today, we talk pop culture forensics with Raychelle and what signs to look for to know whether or not a tv crime show is getting the science right. (ENCORE)

The Good and the Bad of TV Forensics

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How Women Of Color Created Community In The Shark Sciences

As a kid, Jasmin Graham was endlessly curious about the ocean. That eventually led her to a career in marine science studying sharks and rays. But until relatively recently, she had never met another Black woman in her field.

How Women Of Color Created Community In The Shark Sciences

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