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These are the stories that reveal black America’s roots

African American history is a living history—one that spans hundreds of years from the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido (“Handsome John”), to Barack Obama and beyond. But these stories haven’t always been shared or taught, which is why the role of historians and storytellers in advancing our understanding of the African diaspora has been so important.

This video was published in partnership with Peabody Spotlight, a digital series produced by the Peabody Media Center, in commemoration of Black History Month.

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