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, WNED PBS offers documentaries and specials that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content on WNED PBS and online.


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.

Sunday, February 2 at 3pm

A Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for free

Sunday, February 2 at 11pm

Independent Lens | The First Rainbow Coalition

Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.

The First Rainbow Coalition | Additional Airdate
Friday, February 7 at 4am


Monday, February 3 at 12am

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

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

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story | Additional Airdate
Saturday, February 9 at 4:30pm



Monday, February 3 at 1am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 1 (1500- 1800) The Black Atlantic

A six-part series on African-American history, by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Monday, February 3 at 2am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 2 (1800-1860) The Age of Slavery

Black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

Monday, February 3 at 3am

African American: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 3 (1861 - 1896) Into the Fire

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." From the beginning, African Americans were agents of their own liberation, forcing the Union to confront the issue of slavery by fleeing the plantations and taking up arms to serve with honor.


Monday, February 3 at 4am

Blacks Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story explores the extraordinary life of a man who, in his heart, was a poet and “mystic.” Yet through his religious expression, Thurman helped ignite sweeping social change. Though he was born the grandson of slaves, Howard Thurman went on to become one of the great spiritual and religious pioneers of the 20th century whose words and influence continues

Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm

Finding Your Roots | Science Pioneers

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of Francis Collins, Shirley Ann Jackson and Harold Varmus, three pioneering scientists who've made dramatic contributions to our understanding of the world while knowing little about their own ancestry.

Finding Your Roots | Science Pioneers | Additional Airdates
Thursday, February 6 at 4am
Saturday, February 8 at 5:30pm


Tuesday, February 5 at 4am

B.B. King | American Masters

B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. His story of struggle and triumph is told by the man himself, his family, and fellow musicians including Bono, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Johnny Winter, and more. The film is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan


Saturday, February 8 at 2:30pm and 3:35pm

Africa's Great Civilizations
Episodes 1 and 2

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

Sunday, February 9 at 3pm

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story tells the story of Josiah Henson, (voiced by actor Danny Glover), the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

Sunday, February 9 at 4pm

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.


Sunday, February 9 at 4:30pm

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Underground Railroad: The William Still story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom's Lane," smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Bounty Hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states,

Monday, February 10 at 12:30am

Our American Family: The Clarks

For generations, the Clark family of Frankford, Delaware has shown tremendous support of one another with tender loyalty as members faced hard times. Our American Family: The Clarks traces the lives of this African-American family with seven children as they employ humor, resourcefulness and respect for all to move through the Depression, World War II and racial tension.

Monday, February 10 at 1am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 4 (1897-1940) Making a Way Out of No Way

Something from Nothing 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.


Monday, February 10 at 2am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 5 (1940-1968) Rise!

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 10 at 3am

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Episode 6 (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.

Sunday, February 10 at 4am

Meet Mary Pleasant

This one-hour, award winning documentary, narrated by renowned actress Ruby Dee (Roots, American Gangster), reveals the daring story and impact of 19th-century African-American activist-pioneer Mary Ellen Pleasant, now known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Using new research, a live one-woman performance based on Pleasant's own words, re-enactments, montage, period music and photos.


Tuesday, February 11 at 8pm

Finding Your Roots | Slave Trade

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African American history.

Finding Your Roots | Slave Trade | Additional Airdates
Thursday, February 13 at 4am
Saturday, February 15 at 5:30pm


Tuesday, February 11 at 9pm

The Fight | American Experience

The Fight

Learn the interweaving stories of two extraordinary men, boxers Max Schmeling of Germany and American Joe Louis, culminating in what was arguably the most politicized sporting event in history: the 1938 heavyweight championship of the world.

The Fight | American Experience | Additional Airdates
Thursday, February 13 at 1am


Wednesday, February 12 at 4am

Fats Domino | American Masters

How Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm & blues morphed into rock 'n' roll.


Thursday, February 13 at 2am

Lorraine Hansberry | American Masters

Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.

Saturday, February 15 at 2:30pm and 3:45pm

Africa's Great Civilizations | Episodes 3 and 4

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent's wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers. Gates also explores the power of Africa's greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City.

Sunday, February 16 at 2pm

Isaac Pope: The Spirit of An American Century

Born to sharecroppers in 1917, Pope was an eyewitness to the devastation wrought by both the segregationists in his home of North Carolina and by the Nazis. Through the power of faith and family, he fought and overcame the 20th century's stiffest challenges. He championed American freedom on the battlefields of Europe and worked tirelessly against institutionalized racism and workers' oppression at home. With his 100th birthday on the horizon, Caplan asked Mr. Pope's permission to document his story. He agreed, and the resulting film -produced by an award-winning LA/NYC/DC team --offers a compelling view of major events of the past ten decades, as seen through the eyes of Mr. Pope, an unassuming man whose inner fortitude and quiet accomplishments represent the Spirit of an American Century. It is also a portrait of some warm, enduring interracial friendships forged during World War II that present a model for today, and uncovers contemporary connections among its subjects that are astonishing and inspiring.


Sunday, February 16 at 3pm

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.

Sunday, February 16 at 3pm

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.

Monday, February 17 at 12am and 2am

Jackie Robinson | Parts 1 and 2

Hear the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.


Thursday, February 20 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.

Thursday, February 22 at 2:30 and 3:50am

Africa's Great Civilizations
Episodes 5 and 6

In the final two episodes Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. He also explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa, the "scramble" by European powers for its riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.

Sunday, February 23 at 2pm and 4pm

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Part 1 and 2

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a journey through the last 50 years of black history - from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyonce charting the remarkable progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.


Tuesday, February 25 at 9pm

Miles Davis | American Masters

Discover the man behind the legend with never-before-seen footage and rare photos.

Miles Davis | American Masters | Additional Airdate
Thursday, February 27 at 12am

Thursday, February 27 at 2am

Independent Lens | Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.

Thursday, February 27 at 3:30pm

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.


Friday, February 28 at 2am

The Freedom Wall

The Freedom Wall depicts portraits of 28 notable civil rights leaders 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 artwork was painted over the course of summer 2017 by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed. This is its story.

Friday, February 28 at 2:30am

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

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.

Additional Programs Available for Streaming
The Talk - Race in America

The Talk - Race in America

1:54:25
Published:
Expires: 2020-02-19
Rating: NR

The conversation parents of color have with their children about interactions with police.

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The Raconteurs / Black Pumas
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PBS Online Film Festival

Heroes of Color

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Expires: 2020-07-13

An animated film highlighting the outstanding achievements of people of color in WWI.

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Black Muslim Woman
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Kojo
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Super Predator: Preludes of the Black Fish
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John Lewis - Get in the Way

John Lewis - Get in the Way

53:08
Published:
Expires: 2020-03-03
Rating: TV-PG

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis.

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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: 2022-02-08

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

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Why Does the Government Need to Know My Race?

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Why does the government care about race?

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WBFO Stories
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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 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.