Black History Month 2024 February is Black History Month in the U.S., and this year's theme is "African Americans and the Arts." We're compiling stories, music performances and podcasts related to the Black experience.
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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Teacher Leslie Jones, center, poses with students from Alexandria City High School's drama department students in northern Virginia. Alexandria City High School hide caption

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Virginia high school students take center stage for Black History Month celebration

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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An Apple TV+ animated special shows how Franklin, the first Black Peanuts character, meets Charlie Brown and friends in Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin. Apple TV+ hide caption

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The first Black 'Peanuts' character finally gets his origin story in animated special

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In 1937, the Washington Afro-American featured the "Lonesome Hearts" column, where Black folks looking for love could send letters. Jackie Lay hide caption

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Jackie Lay

Known as The Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles helped revolutionize electronic music in the '80s. The Frankie Knuckles Foundation hide caption

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Nadine Chapman (left) and Rachel Perić are residents of the Rollingwood subdivision who are working together to publicize and memorialize the Rollingwood Burial Ground for Enslaved People in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dee Dwyer for NPR hide caption

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Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last public appearance, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968. The following day, King was assassinated on his motel balcony. Charles Kelly/AP hide caption

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Stanley Wade (from left), Harold Wade, Earl Young, Robert Upchurch and Jimmy Ellis of the disco band The Trammps pose for a portrait in 1977. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Don Scott, speaker the Virginia House of Delegates, has had a meteoric rise in the Statehouse. The Delegates unanimously voted him in as speaker on Wednesday. Shaban Athuman/VPM hide caption

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Don Scott becomes first Black speaker in Virginia Legislature's 400-year history

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