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From Martin Luther King's Legacty to a Celebration of Black History Month . . .

To observe Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America all year long, Buffalo Toronto Public Media offers documentaries, specials, stories, features and resources that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content on WNED PBS, WBFO, WNED Classical and online.

 


WNED PBS Black History Month Programming Lineup

WNED PBS will offer new documentaries and encore programming to spotlight those who have made significant contributions to the African American experience. From INDEPENDENT LENS documentaries exploring the various experiences of Black Americans, to AMERICAN MASTERS programs that highlight famous artists who achieved success over prejudice and injustice, to historical programs from Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., viewers will gain a deeper understanding of African American history and culture.

Monday, February 1 at 12:30am

John Lewis: Get in the Way

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with clubweilding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.

Monday, February 1 at 1:30am

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin: The Story of March

John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin discuss their graphic novel trilogy, "March," based on Lewis' life as a civil rights leader, at the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Monday, February 1 at 2am

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall

This film incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to explore Marshall's life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, including his upbringing in Baltimore, his education at Howard University Law School, his status as a rising star within the NAACP, his skill as an orator and storyteller, and his high-profile segregation cases.


Monday, February 1 at 3am

1964: The Fight for a Right

By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi's African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name - Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although, the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle continues.

Monday, February 1 at 4am

Answer from Akron

An Answer from Akron tells a unique story about a group of young African American men who, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, were in the right place to answer a call for help. The place is Akron, Ohio whose history includes Sojourner Truth's delivering her historic "Ain't I a Woman" speech and John Brown's headquarters for many of his anti-slavery campaigns. Building upon these and other

Monday, February 1 at 9pm

Discovering New York Suffrage Stories

Meet diverse New York women who battled oppression and racism in their fight for the vote.

Discovering New York Suffrage Stories | Additional Airdates: 
Friday, February 5, at 10:30pm; Sunday, February 7 at 6pm; Thursday, February 25 at 10:30pm; Sunday, February 28 at 4:30am



 

Tuesday, February 2 at 9pm

Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years

Marian Anderson is considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The celebrated contralto was born in South Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 1897, and played a vital role in the acceptance of African Americans in classical music and other segregated performing arts genres. This program traces the arc of Anderson's life and her struggles against racism.

Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years | Additional Airdate: Thursday, February 4 at 4am


Wednesday, February 3 at 3am

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | American Masters

Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.

Thursdays at 3am & 4am beginning February 4

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

A six-part series on African-American history, by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Epsiode 1, “The Black Atlantic” explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. The episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores.

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | Mondays beginning Feb. 4


February 4-

3am—Episode 1 The Black Atlantic (1500- 1800)

4am—Episode 2 The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)

 

February 11-

3am—Episode 3 Into The Fire (1861-1896)

4am—Episode 4 Making A Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

 

February 18-

3am—Episode 5 Rise! (1940-1968)

4am—Episode 6 A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)


 

Thursday, February 4 at 4am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

(1800-1860) The Age of Slavery | The lives of African Americans changed dramatically after the American Revolution. Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into the Deep South, creating a Second Middle Passage --- a forced migration of slaves from the Upper South into the Deep South.

Friday, February 5 at 9pm

Aretha Franklin Remembered (My Music)

Celebrate the legendary Queen of Soul and the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with her greatest hits from television appearances spanning the 1960s-2000s, many of which have never been seen in the U.S.

Saturday, February 6 at 3:30pm

Black Achievers 2020

Black Achievers

The 48th Annual Black Achievers honors 36 outstanding individuals. Black Achievers Awards was started as a banquet to honor and celebrate the contributions of founder, Mr. Herbert L. Bellamy, Sr. This event has transformed from the humble beginnings of 1490 Enterprises, Inc. sponsoring the “Black Achievers in Industry Awards Dinner” to the premier honors event in the city of Buffalo for African Americans.


Saturday, February 6 at 4:30pm

Anisfield- Wolf Book Awards 2020

Hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this program chronicles the only juried American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. The program serves to amplify diverse voices and foster dialogue about inclusivity that transcends the digital divide. During the current movement for racial equality, the necessity and relevance of these writings is as great as ever.

Saturday, February 6 at 7pm

Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with the special episode Celebrating Black Americana. 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.

Mondays beginning February 8 at 12:30am

Jazz

Jazz has been called the purest expression of American democracy; a music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation. Ken Burns follows the growth and development of jazz music from the gritty streets of New Orleans to Chicago's south side, the speakeasies of Kansas city and to Times Square.

Jazz #101-106

February 8-

12:30am—Episode 1 Gumbo (Beginnings to 1917)

2am—Episode 2 The Gift (1917-1924)

 

February 15-

12:30am—Episode 3 Our Language (1924-1928)

2:30am—Episode 4 The True Welcome (1929-1935)

 

February 22-

12am—Episode 5 Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937)

1:30am—Episode 6 Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)


Monday, February 8 at 4am

Queen of Swing

The true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer — 95-year-old entertainer Norma Miller. The engaging biography highlights the life, career and indomitable spirit of the Harlem-born actress, dancer and choreographer known as "The Queen of Swing." Discovered at the age of 12, Miller's show business career has spanned seven decades (and counting). Narrated by actor Bill Cobbs ,QUEEN OF SWING examines Miller

Monday, February 8 at 9pm

American Experience: Goin’ Back to T-Town

A thriving Black community in Tulsa that rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.

Monday, February 8, 2021 at 10pm

A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams

Civil rights leader, lawyer, diplomat, organizer of the Peace Corps and its first African-American director, United Nations representative, president of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, associate of Thurgood Marshall and first chair of a unique judicial commission dedicated to racial fairness, Franklin Hall Williams was a visionary and trailblazer who devoted his life to the pursuit of civil rights.


Monday, February 8 at 10:30pm

Freedom Wall

The Freedom Wall depicts portraits of 28 notable civil rights in American history, past and present, on a large concrete wall at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo, New York. The work is about justice. It is about a long struggle. It is about those who have persevered and those who continue to strive toward equality.

The Freedom Wall | Additional Airdates: Saturday, February 13 at 4:30am & 4:30pm


Wednesday, February 10 at 2am

Great Performances at the Met: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Enjoy the American folk opera set in 1920s Charleston with a score by George Gershwin.

Thursday, February 11 at 3am

African American: Many Rivers to Cross

(1861 - 1896) Into the Fire examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief "moment in the sun."


Thursday, February 11 at 4am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

(1897-1940) Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West.

Friday, February 12 at 9pm

Soul Legends (My Music)

Join host Pam Grier in a tribute to the greatest soul hits and performers from the 1970s and 80s. Features classics by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bill Withers, The Spinners, Isaac Hayes, Minnie Riperton and more.

Sunday, February 14 at 3pm

Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story

Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story chronicles the life and career of one of the most popular rhythm and blues singers of the 1960s, tracing his journey from a young piano player to a famous R&B balladeer. the program is narrated by former radio and television announcer Charlie Neal and features a rich collection of archival stills and never-before-seen footage, including Interviews with prevalen


 

Sunday, February 14 at 4pm

Maya Angelou: American Masters

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. She inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

Sunday, February 14 at 6pm

Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara’s Freedom Seekers

Risking Everything is a story with many voices: those of Canadian ancestors who dreamed of freedom, of descendants and townspeople in the United States who remember the role their town played, in the words and hands of a sculptor, and in the voices of a renowned choir of young African Americans who carry forward the hopes of our ancestors. It’s a story that continues to be told every day.

Monday, February 15 at 4:30am

Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging

Produced by Julie Cohen in Frankie's last year, and released shortly after his passing, on the eve of the Frankie 95 festival, this documentary is a fitting tribute to a great man. The documentary features the last major interview of Frankie Manning before his death, as well as precious archival footage of his dancing from the 1930's to 2009 in New York, Hollywood, Sweden, France, Italy and Singapore. Footage highlights include scenes of Manning's birthday parties, where he danced with one woman for each year he'd been alive, the legendary dance scene choreographed and headlined by Manning for the film "Hellzapoppin," and the phenomenal duet with his 76 year-old son, Chazz, himself a professional dancer. Frankie was a born storyteller, with a huge smile and an even bigger laugh.


Monday, February 15 at 9pm

American Experience: Voice of Freedom

Marian Anderson

Explore the fascinating life of celebrated singer Marian Anderson. In 1939, after being barred from performing at Constitution Hall because she was Black, she triumphed at the Lincoln Memorial in what became a landmark moment in American history.

American Experience: Voice of Freedom | Additional Airdate: Saturday, February 20 at 3:30pm


Tuesday, February 16 at 9pm

Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song

Explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song | Additional Airdates: Thursday, February 18 at 12am; Tuesday, February 23 at 9pm; Thursday, February 25 at 12am


Monday, February 18 at 3am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

(1940 - 1968) Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media-from print to radio and TV-broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance.


Monday, February 18 at 4am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

(1968 - 2013) A More Perfect Union | After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. As hundreds of African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made unprecedented progress.

Thursday, February 18 at 10:30pm

Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lillian Thomas Burwell

A Black aunt and niece pursue their artistic careers in segregated Washington, D.C.

Kindred Spirits | Additional Airdate: Sunday, February 21 at 4:30am


Friday, February 19 at 8pm

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for this exploration of the transformative years following the Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War| Additional Airdate: Friday, February 26 at 8:00pm



Saturday, February 20 at 2:30pm

Amen! Music of the Black Church

Explore the authentic spiritual experience of African American gospel music in this performance documentary. Taped before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wise guides viewers on an educational and uplifting experience while leading the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble.

Sunday, February 21 at 3pm

Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters

The first major film documentary of the life and art of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr.| Additional Airdate: Wednesday, February 24 at 3am


Sunday, February 21 at 5pm

Charley Pride: American Masters

Follow the country music superstar’s amazing journey from Mississippi to Nashville.


Sunday, February 21 at 10:30pm

Dave Chappelle: The Mark Twain Prize

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Dave Chappelle.

Monday, February 22 at 3:30am

Count Basie- Through His Own Eyes

Known as “the King of the Swing Kings,” Count Basie’s musical achievements were remarkable. He brought the blues to the big band podium and became the first African-American to win a Grammy Award. Told in Basie’s own words, the program uncovers the private passions and ambitions that inspired this world-famous bandleader and pianist. Featuring rare performances and a treasure-trove of home movies,

Monday, February 22 at 4:30am

Unforgettable Hampton Family

Unforgettable Hampton Family, a documentary exploring how Deacon Clark Hampton, a son of slaves, lifted his twelve children out of poverty by making them into successful musicians.


Monday, February 22 at 10pm

Independent Lens: Mr. Soul!

Celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared Black culture with the nation. Ellis Haizlip developed SOUL! in 1968 as one of the first platforms to promote the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. Its impact continues to this day.

Thursday, February 25 at 3am

Boss: The Black Experience in Business

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.


Additional Programs Available for Streaming

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

55:16
Published:
Rating: TV-PG

This is the story of a man who risked his life shepherding runaway slaves to freedom.

Stream Online Now
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Tell Them We Are Rising
Independent Lens
Tell Them We Are Rising
The First Rainbow Coalition
Independent Lens
The First Rainbow Coalition
American Creed
American Creed
American Creed
American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free
American Masters
American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free
Lee Daniels
Breaking Big
Lee Daniels
Michael Strahan
Breaking Big
Michael Strahan
Trevor Noah
Breaking Big
Trevor Noah
Roxane Gay
Breaking Big
Roxane Gay
The Fight
American Experience
The Fight
Gentlemen of Vision
America ReFramed
Gentlemen of Vision
Winnie
Independent Lens
Winnie
Where is the Funk? How Prince Created the Minneapo
Sound Field
Where is the Funk? How Prince Created the Minneapo
What is Racial Passing?
Origin of Everything
What is Racial Passing?
Ed Dwight: First African American Candidate for Sp
American Experience
Ed Dwight: First African American Candidate for Sp
Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space
Makers: Women Who Make America
Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space
We Rise - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Discovering New York Suffrage Stories
We Rise - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
The Talk - Race in America
The Talk: Race in America
The Talk - Race in America
Danai Gurira
Breaking Big
Danai Gurira
Forgotten Genius
NOVA
Forgotten Genius
American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

1:54:18
Published:
Expires: 2021-02-06
Rating: TV-PG

Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Only with WNED PBS Passport
1 / 13 Videos
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
American Masters
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
American Masters
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Jackie Robinson: Part I
JACKIE ROBINSON
Jackie Robinson: Part I
Jackie Robinson: Part II
JACKIE ROBINSON
Jackie Robinson: Part II
Science Pioneers
Finding Your Roots
Science Pioneers
Slave Trade
Finding Your Roots
Slave Trade
The Raconteurs / Black Pumas
Austin City Limits
The Raconteurs / Black Pumas
Origins | Hour One
Africa's Great Civilizations
Origins | Hour One
The Cross and The Crescent | Hour Two
Africa's Great Civilizations
The Cross and The Crescent | Hour Two
Empires of Gold | Hour Three
Africa's Great Civilizations
Empires of Gold | Hour Three
Cities | Hour Four
Africa's Great Civilizations
Cities | Hour Four
The Atlantic Age | Hour Five
Africa's Great Civilizations
The Atlantic Age | Hour Five
Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six
Africa's Great Civilizations
Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six

WNED PBS Presents | The Freedom Wall

WNED PBS presents "The Freedom Wall" a documentary about the creation of the Albright Knox Public Art Mural at the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo, NY. The Freedom Wall features portraits of twenty-eight notable local and national civil rights leaders from America's past and present painted by local artists - Edreys Wajed, John Baker, Julia Bottoms and Chuck Tingley.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative, in collaboration with the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor and neighborhood stakeholders, envisioned the mural as a way to celebrate our nation’s historic and ongoing struggles for political and social equality, including the formative and lasting contributions of local leaders to this cause. The list of subjects was generated from multiple public meetings with community members that yielded hundreds of suggestions.

Producers:
Albright Knox Art Gallery - Maria Scully-Morreale
PicSix Creative - Mark Blaszak

For more information on The Freedom Wall, visit www.albrightknox.org/community/ak-public-art/freedom-wall.

WNED PBS Specials

The Freedom Wall

27:43
Published:
Expires: 2022-02-07

WNED PBS presents "The Freedom Wall" a documentary on the Albright Knox Public Art Mural.

Say It Loud | Digital Series

A new PBS Digital Studios series hosted by YouTube sensations Evelyn Ngugi of “Evelyn from the Internets” andAzie Dungey, Emmy-nominated writer and creator of “Ask a Slave.” Part cultural critique, part talk show and part history lesson, SAY IT LOUD will explore Black American culture and its impact on broader communities and trends.

The series’ will dive into the history behind cultural tropes and touch points, and focus on relatable experiences of modern Black American life, exploring media, public affairs and social media trends like #GrowingUpBlack and #BlackGirlMagic. For example, audiences can expect to see episodes that highlight things they didn’t know were invented by Black people, the meaning of Black pride and the experiences of first generation Africans in America compared to African Americans.

Origin of Everything | Digital Series

Origin of Everything is a history show from PBS Digital Studios. Every aspect of our daily reality, whether its the words we use, the pop culture we love, the technology that get us through the day, or even the identities we give ourselves, emerge from thousands of intersecting histories. And on this show, we're going to explore them ALL! . . . Okay, maybe not ALL, but you get the idea.

Origin of Everything

Origin of Everything

Why Does the Government Need to Know My Race?

9:42
Published:

Why does the government care about race?

Origin of Everything
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Origin of Everything
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Origin of Everything
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Origin of Everything
The Origin of Race in the USA
Is the Rosa Parks Story True?
Origin of Everything
Is the Rosa Parks Story True?
How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Get a Holiday?
Origin of Everything
How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Get a Holiday?

WNED Classical Celebrates Black History Month

WNED CLassicl celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. WNED Classical will honor the contributions made by composers, conductors, and musicians of color all month. From ground-breaking creations by Florence Price to William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and others to stunning performances by some of our country's treasures: Wynton Marsalis, Marian Anderson, Kathleen Battle, and many others. Join us in this month-long celebration!

Joseph de Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

WBFO Stories

WBFO

The Muhammad School of Music

The Muhammad School of Music’s continuing mission to provide inner-city youth with an instrumental education has led to generations of Buffalo-bred professionals in various vocati

Black Culture Connection


In addition to on-air programs, the PBS Black Culture Connection (BCC), an extension of PBS.org, features films that reflect the black experience, stories and discussion across PBS, and provides audiences with a catalogue of more than 50 programs available for streaming. Most PBS programs are available for streaming following their broadcast via the PBS apps for iOS and Android devices and via station-branded digital platforms, including Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

Quizzes

Black Culture Connection

Quiz | Black Music History

Test your knowledge of iconic moments in black music history.

Black History Month

Quiz | Who Said That?

MLK, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson. Can you guess who said what in this Famous Quotes Quiz?


Classroom Resources

 

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; "The 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. PBS LearningMedia also offers related resources from PBS programs like THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY, WAR OF 1812, SOUNDBREAKING, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, MERCY STREET and AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS.

As a special feature for Black History Month, PBS and ITVS have partnered to deliver a free 3-part film and conversation series for classrooms, “More Than A Month.” Students and teachers that participate in the virtual events will have a chance to hear from a range of notable film producers and directors, preview segments from their latest films, and pose questions in real-time. More information about this series is available on the PBS Teachers’ Blog.