An African-American woman yells 'Freedom' when asked to shout so loud it will be heard all over the world at the March on Washington in August 1963 [Express Newspapers/Getty Images/File]

Black History Month: An American story you weren't told 'The history of African Americans, which is to say the history of America, is a pendulum of resilience and retaliation.'

"Racial ignorance is a prison from which there is no escape because there are no doors" - Toni Morrison
To mark Black History Month, Al Jazeera is showcasing some of our best stories on race and identity. Know your history: Understanding racism in the US - by A'Leila Bundles