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Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington

The strategist behind the 1963 march will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. As a gay man, his position in the movement was questioned. But now he is considered "an amazing role model" for activists of color who are also gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
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Island Reads: Finding Out Ancestors Were Slave Owners

Andrea Stuart found that one of her ancestors owned some of her other relatives. She tells their unheard story in the book Sugar in the Blood. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Stuart about her family history, the moral complexity of slavery and finding roots in the past.
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Past Immigration Policies Had A Reverse Effect, Professor Says

Princeton sociology professor Douglas Massey tells guest host Celeste Headlee that many of the policies intended to stop undocumented immigration not only failed, but actually kept migrants from returning to their home countries.
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African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Jazz may be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the contributions African-Americans have made to music. But the Gateways Musical Festival highlights African-Americans' classical past. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.
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A Postman's 1963 Walk For Justice, Cut Short On An Alabama Road

Before the nation's attention turned to the March on Washington, William Moore was making his own pilgrimage for racial equality. He intended to walk from Tennessee to Jackson, Miss., to ask the Mississippi governor to end segregation — but the Baltimore mail carrier never reached his destination.
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Determined To Reach 1963 March, Teen Used Thumb And Feet

In August 1963, Robert Avery of Gadsden, Ala., was 15 and active in the civil rights movement. He and two friends were bent on participating in the March on Washington, but with little money, they had no choice but to hitchhike — on Southern roads that could be dangerous for segregation opponents.
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A Second National Mall: The East Capitol Street That Might Have Been

The future of development along East Capitol Street is in flux, and not for the first time. Plans drafted before the advent of the second World War would have created a very different Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Stop-And-Frisk: 'I Remember Feeling Helpless'

Nicholas Peart was a plaintiff in a New York City stop-and-frisk lawsuit. He spoke with the StoryCorps project about being stopped and frisked by the police, while he was out celebrating his 18th birthday.
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Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way

James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was shot and killed in the family's driveway. Van Evers chose not to follow in his father's footsteps — at what cost?
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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over The Last 300 Years

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries' old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.

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