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At Smithsonian African American Museum, A Washington Painter Gets His Due

A groundbreaking abstract artist who has lived in D.C. since the '60s, Sam Gilliam has a new large-scale work in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Some say it's the kind of recognition he has deserved his entire career.
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The Politics Hour — September 23, 2016

The D.C. Council tackles a range of progressive labor bills. The fight over who can grow medical marijuana in Maryland will go to court. And Fairfax County's schools superintendent steps down.

Here Are The Most And Least Satisfied Types of Commuters In The Washington Region

A new study from the region's Transportation Planning Board shows who's suffering the most on the trek to work. At least one group of commuters is almost unanimously satisfied, though.

When Blacks Fled The South, D.C. Became Home For Many From North Carolina

Starting the early 1900s, millions of African Americans fled the South and headed to cities in the West and North. For blacks fleeing North Carolina, a favorite destination became Washington, D.C. — reshaping the city's culture and composition in dramatic ways.

Living History: Members Of Shaw Checkers Club Find Their Place At NMAAHC

It's not just African American celebrities who are honored at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Also in the collection is a photo series showing some distinctly local flavor — Capitol Pool Checkers Club.

Rich History Of Underground Railroad Runs Just Outside Of Washington

It's a big moment for African American history in the nation's capital with the opening of the new museum on the National Mall. But our area holds other curiosities for those interested in history — like the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Sandy Spring.

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Michel Martin speaks with reporter Nick de la Canal of member station WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., about what's happening in the city after police shot Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week.
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More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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