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FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Big Picture

Introducing three all-new video segments that highlight the contributions of black Americans and richness of African-American culture. 

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus reached its third stop, Ms. Parks was asked to surrender her seat to a white passenger. She refused and was arrested. The event inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the first mass protest of the Civil Rights Movement. In turn, the Montgomery protest became the spark that lit countless torches throughout the South and beyond during the 1950s and 1960s.

Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial, 1939

When Marian Anderson Sang

In 1939 the great contralto Marian Anderson was denied the right to perform at Washington's Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin. The snub gave rise to an outpouring of support and activism that drew attention to the racial inequities in the nation's capital and throughout the country. Ms. Anderson's Easter Day concert is remembered as a historic milestone in the pre-Civil Rights era and inspired future leaders, including Martin Luther King.

1930-31 Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues

Jackie Robinson shattered the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. But long before Jackie pulled-on Dodger Blue, black baseball players of the historic Negro Leagues were striking out Jim Crow. During the era of segregation, lengendary athletes like Josh Gibson, "Cool Papa" Bell, Satchel Paige, and countless others thrilled fans and paved the road to integration in professional sports and all of American society.

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