Black and white: four African-American college students sitting at Woolworths lunch counter

African American History

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Whether exploring Civil Rights milestones like the 1960 Greensboro sit-in from new angles or shedding light on lesser-known trailblazers like Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to become a pilot, Smithsonian Channel tells the stories of the activists, movements, and pioneers that have played a pivotal role in shaping African-American history.