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February 10, 2020

Black History Month Videos: Stories to Celebrate Identity, Struggles and Excellence

Listen to and watch these Black History Month videos and explore black identity, struggles and excellence in your classroom.


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Black History Month Videos: Exploring History

Celebrate Black History Month by listening to stories of black identity, struggles, and excellence in America.

As a bonus, because February 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, we’ve put together a special collection featuring themes of representation, universal suffrage, and Civil Rights. The 15th Amendment, one of the cornerstones of civil rights, granted men of all races the right to vote in 1870.

Dion Diamond: Reflections on 60 Years of Civil Rights Activism

Dion Diamond recalls his activism and resistance, that began at the young age of 15. He shares how he got started challenging a segregated society while growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s, through sit ins and peaceful protests.

Originally aired January 12, 2019, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Read the full transcript here.

A Civil-Rights Swim-In

JT Johnson and Al Lingo were two of the several protesters who jumped into a “whites only” pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida. The protest escalated quickly, and is often remembered as a tipping point that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Originally aired January 18, 2019, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Read the full transcript here.

Remembering the Assassination of Civil Rights Leader Edwin Pratt

Miriam Pratt recalls the assassination of her father Edwin Pratt, the head of the Seattle Urban League, who dedicated his life to fighting against employment, housing, and education discrimination.

Originally aired March 22, 2019, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Read the full transcript here.

Remembering the KKK Killing of a Voting Rights Activist

During the 1960’s Vernon Dahmer dedicated his life to ensuring that African American persons had the right to vote, making him the target of many Ku Klux Klan hate crimes. Ellie and Bettie Dahmer reflect on the traumatic incident that resulted in the death of husband, father and Civil Rights Leader Vernon Dahmer.

Originally aired January 13, 2017, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Read the full transcript here.

A More Perfect Union

Theresa Borroughs reflects on her relentless efforts to become a registered voter, despite being of age, during the Jim Crow era in the rural South.

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Olivia J. Hooker, Pioneer and First Black Woman in the Coast Guard

Amongst her other achievements, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker was the part of the first class of African American women in the Coast Guard in 1944 during WWII, as part of the SPARS program.

 Read the full transcript here.

Memories from an Air Force Test Volunteer

In the mid-1950s, before NASA existed, Alton Yates was part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body. His contribution aided the process of sending Americans into space.

Originally aired August 29, 2014, on NPR’s Morning Edition. Read the full transcript here.


Wendell Scott, the first African American person to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, began his career in 1952, during the end of Jim Crow era. Despite not having the recognition, fame, or resources of his competitors, he won countless races, serving as an embodiment of perseverance and passion.

Looking for more Black History Month videos and content? Find more Black HIstory Month lesson plans and activities in our free, curated collection of prek-12 resources.

This article was originally posted on the StoryCorps website and can be viewed in full here.


Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorpshas given more than 250,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future.

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