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Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith.

Black History in Two Minutes Be Woke Presents...

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Brief and concise historical episodes of the African-American experience. Narrated by renowned historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and executive produced by Robert F. Smith.

    • video
    Marcus Garvey: Leader of a Revolutionary Global Movement

    Marcus Garvey: Leader of a Revolutionary Global Movement

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica and experienced the impacts of colonization at the hands of the British. As a result, he developed a passion for improving race relations and launched a Black Nationalism movement that would seek to elevate black people throughout the world.

    In 1914, Garvey created the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). This revolutionary social movement came at a time when black Americans were being lynched and ridiculed in the media. After immigrating to the United States in 1916, Garvey’s mission offered hope to black Americans with the promise of emigrating black people back to Africa. As his movement grew, the United States government monitored him. He was eventually arrested, convicted, and banned from entering the country.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Peniel Joseph of The University of Texas and Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, we take a closer look at Garvey’s legacy and his contribution to the largest black political movement ever.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Library of Congress

    • National Archives and Records Administration

    • Getty Images

    • The New York Public Library

    • New York Tribune



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 3 min
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    Protesting the Birth of a Nation

    Protesting the Birth of a Nation

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    In 1915, D.W. Griffith, released a film that would go down as one of the most disturbing representations of black Americans ever, The Birth of a Nation. Released post-Civil War and Reconstruction Era, the film played on stereotypes abroad.

    Griffith ignited a racist agenda and amplified the thoughts many white Americans had about free black people. Using white actors in blackface, the film was full of racist propaganda that proposed the idea that free black people were too lazy and ignorant to fully master American citizenship.

    But even in times of darkness, light always finds its way in. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) led an initiative to protest the three-hour film. While efforts were not successful, the NAACP would see increased membership and become the staple it is in the black community today.

    Hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — with additional commentary from Vincent Brown and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham of Harvard University, and Imani Perry from Princeton University — we look at a piece of propaganda that aimed to tear down black people. But instead, it unified them in ways still seen today.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Getty Images

    Additional Archival by:

    • Harrisburg Telegraph



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 2 min
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    The Beginning of Black History: Juan Garrido

    The Beginning of Black History: Juan Garrido

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    In the early 1500s, a West African man named Juan Garrido joined the ranks of Spanish explorers who ventured out in hopes of discovering new parts of the world. With their sights set on locating the fountain of youth, Garrido and other travelers landed in what we now call Florida in 1513.

    While history books would have us to believe the first black people in America were slaves, Garrido’s existence and freedom to explore contradicts those sentiments. He is now etched in the nation’s history as the first black man to step foot on American soil.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, we will take a closer look at an African pioneer whose international exploration earned him a very special place in American history.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Getty Images

    Additional Archival by:

    • Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 1 min
    • video
    Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

    Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    During a time when the game of baseball lacked diversity, America’s beloved sport was on the brink of a major change when black sport’s journalist protested the league’s failure to integrate. In response, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner, Branch Rickey, stepped up and decided to scout a black player from the Negro League.

    On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson tore down the color barrier and became the first black baseball player to play in the Major League arena. His talent, education, and ability to withstand racial issues that were sure to come, made him the ideal candidate.

    Despite a host of naysayers, Jackie would lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series and was named Rookie of the Year. His legacy remains

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, we celebrate an icon that broke barriers on and off the field.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Getty Images

    • Shutterstock

    • U.S. Army



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

    Follow Black History in Two Minutes on Facebook

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    Subscribe to Black History in Two Minutes Youtube Channel

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    • 3 min
    • video
    Soul Train

    Soul Train

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    Taking cues from American Bandstand, Soul Train became a black cultural phenomena. Created and hosted by Don Cornelius, a Chicago radio reporter and DJ, the show was launched in 1970, but only in Chicago. However, the program became an overnight success story as it quickly swept the nation.

    From the musical guests to the popular songs playing, Soul Train brought black popular culture to the mainstream in a revolutionary way. But it wasn’t just the artists who were on display. The show’s dancers became cultural icons, too, as viewers attempted to emulate all of their flashy and artistic dance moves.

    In this series of Black History in Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University and musician Questlove, we’ll take a look at one of the longest-running programs in the history of American television.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Everett Collection, Inc.

    • Getty Images

    • Shutterstock

    Additional Footage Courtesy of:

    • Inkwell Films

    • Kunhardt

    • WNET

    Additional Archival by:

    • The Atlanta Constitution

    • Viacom

    • Don Cornelius Productions



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music

    Additional Music:

    • Up on Soul Train performed by The Whispers



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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    • 3 min
    • video
    Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record

    Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record

    Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

    Born Henry Louis Aaron, baseball legend Hank Aaron swung his way into the history books in 1974. While the Atlanta Braves enjoyed the benefits of having the talented athlete on their team, actions off the field forced the conversation to transition from celebratory to cautionary.

    As Aaron’s star rose, so did racial tension. With displeasure coming in the form of hate mail and even death threats, he feared for his own safety as he pursued the home run record set by American baseball hero Babe Ruth. But on April 8, 1974, he hit his 715th home run and found himself as the all-time home run record holder for more than thirty years.

    In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Michael Eric Dyson of Princeton University, we will take a look at how this baseball legend rose from the Negro League to the Major League and earned a top spot in American history.

    Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 2x Webby Award winning series.

    If you haven’t already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s a helpful way to for new listeners to discover what we are doing here: Podcast.Apple.com/Black-History-in-Two-Minutes/



    Archival Materials Courtesy of:

    • Alamy Images

    • Associated Press

    • FILM Archives, Inc.

    • Getty Images

    • Shutterstock



    Executive Producers:

    • Robert F. Smith

    • Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    • Dyllan McGee

    • Deon Taylor



    Produced by:

    • William Ventura

    • Romilla Karnick



    Music By:

    • Oovra Music



    Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

    Follow Black History in Two Minutes on Facebook

    Follow Black History in Two Minutes on Instagram

    Subscribe to Black History in Two Minutes Youtube Channel

    ‘Black History in Two Minutes’ is also available on Apple and Google podcasts.



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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Circle Makers ,

2 minutes of Greatness!

Sincere thanks to everyone involved in bringing this podcast to life.

My son, Daylen, listens to learn each week.

He’s learned so much, so thank you!

All my best, Donald Knight

LADYSDW ,

Invaluable!!!

So much enriching history to consume and share with my grandkids and others. I’m so grateful for the work Dr. Henry Gates does. He’s truly a treasure. One of my life’s goal is to meet him in person one day. So empowering!

fleurdi ,

Educational

I am definitely going to use some of these to teach in my 5th grade class. Short and a great jumping off point to a bigger conversation.

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