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Collection: Black and African American Stories

Those who identify as Black or African American make up just over thirteen percent of the U.S. population, and their stories are a valuable asset to American culture. This community’s influence is evident across a wide variety of fields, including politics, agriculture, medicine, literature, sports, fashion, comedy, and music. We celebrate revolutionary historic Black heroes like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr., and contemporary ones like Simone Biles and Barack Obama because they represent the ideals of the American dream. In these figures, we see resilience and ingenuity because a history of inequality has not stopped Black people from working to achieve personal success and social progress. There are many other stories of lesser known individuals whose experiences also both inform and reflect American society. This audio story collection features stories of Black people whose success and struggles are a reflection of our country’s values, and its rich and complex history.

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