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'Panther Baby,' From Prisoner To Professor

Jamal Joseph was a 15-year-old honor student when joining the Black Panther Party. He later faced a 12-year sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary for helping fugitive Panther members. Behind bars, he taught a theater group, and now he teaches the arts at Columbia University. His new book is part of Tell Me More's Black History Month memoir series. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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What Enslaves Us That We Won't Give Up?

Host Michel Martin reflects on what the moral questions of history tell us about our own ethical blind spots. Her commentary comes as the National Museum of African American History and Culture breaks ground Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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Smithsonian Breaks Ground On African American History Museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground on the African American history museum today.

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Work To Start On African American Museum

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday. It's set to open in 2015 and will be the last Smithsonian museum on the National Mall.
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George Washington's Ice Cream Recipe: First, Cut Ice From River

George Washington had a powerful yen for coffee, according to records at his Mount Vernon home. A new exhibition reveals just how the Washington family cooked and ate.
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Smithsonian Sheds Light On Founding Father's Slaves

Many Americans use Presidents' Day to reflect on the nation's core values, but the founding fathers often had complicated relationships with those ideals. A new exhibit explores that issue. "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" highlights the lives of slaves owned by the third U.S. president and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Host Michel Martin speaks with the exhibition's lead curators.
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Forget Lincoln Logs: A Tower Of Books To Honor Abe

There's a new, towering tribute to the 16th president in the nation's capitol: A three-story sculpture of 7,000 books written about the 16th president. The sculpture represents less than half of the 15,000 some books written about Lincoln, says Paul Tetreault, director of Ford's Theatre.

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