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Black History Month on WGBY

To observe Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America all year long, PBS and WGBY offer documentaries and specials that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content and online through the PBS Black Culture Connection.

 

Featured Programming | Encore Presentations | Educator Resources

 

Featured Programming

Austin City Limits: "Buddy Guy/August Greene"

Thrill to an hour of blues and hip-hop with Buddy Guy and August Greene on "Austin City Limits", as part of PBS' celebration of Black History Month.
Saturday, Feb 2, 11pm | Streaming After Feb. 2
Thrill to an hour of blues and hip-hop with Buddy Guy and August Greene. Blues legend Guy plays hits and songs from his latest album, The Blues is Alive and Well. Hip-hop supergroup August Greene performs songs from its self-titled debut.
 

Independent Lens: "Black Memorabilia"

Independent Lens follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans – black memorabilia –as part of PBS' celebration of Black History Month.
Monday, Feb. 4, 10pm | Additional Broadcasts
At the intersection of racial identity, historical narrative and international commerce, this film follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans – black memorabilia. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim these racially charged objects.
 

Finding Your Roots: "Freedom Tales"

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests--actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan, as part of PBS' celebration of Black History Month.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 8pm | Additional Broadcasts
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.
 

Live From Lincoln Center: "Pipeline"

Lincoln Center presents "Pipeline," Dominique Morisseau’s riveting and critically acclaimed new play, as part of PBS' celebration of Black History Month.
Friday, Feb. 8, 9pm | Additional Broadcasts
Meet Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau’s riveting and critically acclaimed new play. When her son gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever. Co-produced by BroadwayHD.
 

Independent Lens: "Hale County This Morning, This Evening"

Independent Lens offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt in "Hale County This Morning, This Evening." Part of PBS's Black History Month.
Monday, Feb. 11, 10pm | Additional Broadcasts
Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt. Directed by RaMell Ross.
 

American Masters: "Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me"

American Masters explores Sammy Davis, Jr. vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Part of PBS's Black History Month.
Tues, Feb. 19, 9pm | Additional Broadcasts
Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Features new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, and clips from Davis’ TV, film and concert performances. Directed by Sam Pollard.
 

American Masters: "Charley Pride: I'm Just Me"

American Masters the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Part of PBS's Black History Month.
Friday, Feb. 22, 9pm | Additional Broadcasts
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Directed by Barbara J. Hall.
 

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the history of the transformative years following the American Civil War in "Reconstruction." Part of PBS's Black History Month.
Tuesdays, Apr. 9 & 16, 9pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the history of the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.
 

Independent Lens: Charm City

Independent Lens' “Charm City” introduces a group of Baltimore citizens, police and government officials as they cope with the consequences of three years of unparalleled violence. Part of PBS Black History Month.
Monday, Apr. 22, 10pm
Recently honored with a spot on the Best Documentary Feature Oscar shortlist, “Charm City” introduces a group of Baltimore citizens, police and government officials as they cope with the consequences of three years of unparalleled violence. With grit, fury and compassion, they’re trying to reclaim their city’s future. Directed by Marilyn Ness.
 

 

Encore Presentations

Antiques Roadshow: "Celebrating Black Americana"

Antiques Roadshow honors Black History Month with a special episode, "Celebrating Black Americana."
Monday, Feb. 4, 9pm
| Additional Broadcasts
Antiques Roadshow honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
 

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

As part of Black History Month on PBS, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made - as well as the obstacles that remain--in "And Still I Rise."
Saturday, Feb.7, 9pm
| Additional Broadcasts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made - as well as the obstacles that remain. Features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.
 

Breaking Big: "Danai Guirra"

BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson relaysDanai Gurira’s quest to blaze a trail for more representations of African women in popular culture.Part of PBS Black History Month.
Friday, Feb. 8, 10:30pm
| Additional Broadcasts
Growing up in Zimbabwe, actress Danai Gurira didn’t see many film and television characters who looked like her. By embracing her culture and her differences, she was able to score roles in such smash hits as Black Panther and “The Walking Dead.” She also wrote the Broadway play Eclipsed, which won critical acclaim and a Tony Award. BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson relays Gurira’s quest to blaze a trail for more representations of African women in popular culture.
 

John Lewis – Get in the Way

In honor of Black History Month, enjoy an encore of  "John Lewis--Get in the Way," a look at the journey of the civil rights icon and congressman.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6pm & 9pm
on WGBY World | Additional Broadcasts

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now in his 70s, he is considered the conscience of Congress.
 

Independent Lens: “Tell Them We Are Rising"

Independent Lens explores historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in "Tell Them We Are Rising," as part of  Black History Month on PBS.
Thursdsay, Feb. 7 on WGBY World | Additional Broadcasts
Explore the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in shaping American history, culture and national identity.
 

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

PBS and WGBY present an encore of "Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound," in honor of Black History Month.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8pm on WGBY World | Additional Broadcasts

Learn how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida. Explore the early days of 1960s soul music in Miami, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.
 

American Masters: “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

Enjoy an encore presentation of American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise as PBS celebrates Black History Month.
Thursday, Feb 21, 9pm
| Streaming Online Feb. 5-18

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. The program features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.

 

Classroom Resources Celebrating Black History

PBS Learning Media provides Black History Month educational resources for teachers, parents, and caregivers.

PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ online destination for educators and students, offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on black history and spotlight the leaders, thinkers, and innovators that helped shape our nation’s history. Through lesson plans, videos, discussion questions, and digitized primary sources, PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to inspire curiosity in their classrooms and strengthen students’ personal connection to black history and culture. Featured resources illuminate the lives of figures like Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Rosa Parks and delve into key themes relevant to the Civil Rights Movement. Offerings include a Black History Month Collection from Georgia Public Broadcasting that addresses civil rights and cultural history; "he African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which features content from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s series; Basic Black, a WGBH series that highlights stories by and about African Americans; and several collections on the Civil Rights Movement. To learn more, please visit pbslearningmedia.org. The  WGBY Education Blog has more ideas about to bring Black History Month into the classroom.