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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Remembers John Lewis

Henry Louis Gates recalls the impact of John Lewis' life and work.

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass

A stirring speech that is as meaningful today as it was on that day.

Reading Frederick Douglass (Preview)

Reading Frederick Douglass (Preview)

A stirring speech that is as meaningful today as it was on that day.

The Only Piano in the Projects

The Only Piano in the Projects

The Lightfoot brothers recall how they ended up with a piano while living in East Lake.

The Suburbs: A Creation of Government Policies

The Suburbs: A Creation of Government Policies

In 1956, the government further enabled the middle-class movement to the suburbs.


East Lake Meadows

East Lake Meadows

The story of a public housing community raises critical questions about race and poverty.

'Your Property Values Will Crumble'

'Your Property Values Will Crumble'

In a decade, East Lake went from being predominantly white to 90% African American.

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight

Tenants in East Lake Meadows soon find things aren't getting things fixed.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences

How high ACE scores affect girls throughout their lives.

Being a Black Girl

Being a Black Girl

We hear from several young women who discuss how Black girls perceive themselves.

Samaya's Story

Samaya's Story

12-year-old Samaya tells us how being kicked out of class almost derailed her life.

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Preview

“Pushout” looks at the criminalization of Black girls in schools.

Official Trailer

Official Trailer

The story of a public housing community raises critical questions about race and poverty.

Chapter 1 | Stonewall Uprising | PBS

Chapter 1 | Stonewall Uprising | PBS

Watch Chapter 1 of Stonewall Uprising.

Profile: Madame CJ Walker

Profile: Madame CJ Walker

A brief history of Madame CJ Walker's beauty empire.

Las Vegas Artist Justin Favela

Las Vegas Artist Justin Favela

Las Vegas artist Justin Favela explains how being Mexican-American influences his work.

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German

Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German

The curators visit Pittsburgh artist Vanessa German and learn about her sculpting process.

A Nationwide Look at Contemporary Art

A Nationwide Look at Contemporary Art

The curators at Crystal Bridges begin a 10-month journey in search of American artists.

State of the Art

State of the Art

Take a road trip to 1,000 destinations across America and see what's happening in art.

Inside Look

Inside Look

Get an inside look at how BOSS explores the history of African American business.

Profile: Sundial Brands CEO Richelieu Dennis

Profile: Sundial Brands CEO Richelieu Dennis

Richelieu Dennis discusses the decision to acquire Essence and investing in Black women.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Post-Civil War America was a new world.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating . . . and terrifying.

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896.

Reconstruction | Hour 2 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 2 Preview

A controversial presidential election in 1876 deals Reconstruction a grievous blow.

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.

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Preview

Ride alongside art curators as they embark on a road trip to 1,000 destinations.

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

A look at the rise of Jim Crow and the turn of the century.

Preview | BOSS: The Black Experience in Business

Preview | BOSS: The Black Experience in Business

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship in the U.S.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War | Inside Look

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War | Inside Look

See how our past affects our present with this inside look of Reconstruction.

Trailer | BOSS: The Black Experience in Business

Trailer | BOSS: The Black Experience in Business

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship.

Profile: Merck & Co. CEO Ken Frazier

Profile: Merck & Co. CEO Ken Frazier

Merck & Co. CEO Ken Frazier talks history, community, and inspiration.

Profile: Cathy Hughes

Profile: Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes talks about her inspiration, struggles, and incredible success.

Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Riots

Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Riots

How the Tulsa Race Riots changed Black Wall Street's legacy forever.

Boss: The Black Experience in Business

Boss: The Black Experience in Business

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship.

Reconstruction | Hour 1 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 1 Preview

Reconstruction explores the transformative years following the American Civil War.

Reconstruction| Extended Trailer

Reconstruction| Extended Trailer

Here is an extended first look at Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.

The Jazz Ambassadors

The Jazz Ambassadors

The Cold War and Civil Rights movement collide in this remarkable story of music.

Louis Armstrong: America's Cultural Ambassador

Louis Armstrong: America's Cultural Ambassador

The Voice of America radio show gave American jazz a worldwide stage.

Duke Ellington on

Duke Ellington on "American music".

Duke Ellington on the Plight of African Americans and “the American music”.

The Jazz Ambassadors - Trailer

The Jazz Ambassadors - Trailer

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided in a music story of diplomacy

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Teams Up with Dizzy Gillespie

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Teams Up with Dizzy Gillespie

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. teams up with Dizzy Gillespie.

America Combats Soviet Propaganda About Racism & Segregation

America Combats Soviet Propaganda About Racism & Segregation

America combats Soviet propaganda about racism and segregation.

The Atlantic Age | Hour Five

The Atlantic Age | Hour Five

Explores the impact of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade.

Cities | Hour Four

Cities | Hour Four

Explores the great African cities and their wealth and industry.

Origins | Hour One

Origins | Hour One

Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six

Explore the dynamism of 19th century Africa and the "scramble” for its riches.