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

To honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and observe Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America all year long, WNED-TV offers documentaries and specials that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content on WNED-TV and online through the PBS Black Culture Connection.

 
Programming Lineup
WNED-TV will offer new documentaries and encore programming to spotlight those who have made significant contributions to America. 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. and Stanley Nelson, viewers will gain a deeper understanding of African American history and culture.

Monday, January 21 at 9pm

With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement

Look back at the life, leadership, and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program follows King’s career from his hiring at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, through his death on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis.

Monday, January 21 at 10pm

Ripple of Hope

A Ripple of Hope captures an extraordinary and uplifting event against the backdrop of one of the most volatile and memorable Presidential campaigns in U.S. history.

Monday, January 28 at 9pm

Gridiron Underground

Gridiron Underground, a celebration of that long line of African-American players to come north to Canada, from the 1940s to the present day. From trailblazers like Herb Trawick in Montreal in 1946 to stars like Johnny Bright, Rollie Miles and Bernie Custis in the '50s. It's a story of crossing borders - whether geographical, personal or professional - and becoming champions in the game of life.

Gridiron Underground | Additional Airdate
Saturday, February 2 at 3am

Saturday, February 2 at 2pm

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.

Saturday, February 2 at 3:45pm

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.

Saturday, February 2 at 5pm

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 4 at 9pm

Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana
Antiques Roadshow introduces the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation.

Monday, February 4 at 10pm

American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition

"An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition" is a film about "the other tradition" in American race relations, the tradition of amity and close cross-racial collaboration to advance equity and social justice.

This one-hour documentary examines many little known examples of racial amity and conciliation in the United States. Its thesis is that close cross-racial and cross-cultural amity

American Story | Additional Airdate
Saturday, February 9 at 4am

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30pm

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.
The Freedom Wall | Additional Airdates
Friday, February 8 at 10:30pm
Saturday, February 9 at 5pm
Sunday, February 24 at 10pm

Tuesday, February 5 at 8pm

Finding Your Roots
Freedom Tales

Dr Gates 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 change assumptions about black history.

Finding Your Roots: Freedom Tales | Additional Airdate
Thursday, February 7 at 2am

Wednesday, January 6 at 2am

From Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Frederick Davis

An exploration of the power of the arts through the life of ballet dancer Fredrick Davis.

Thursday, February 7 at 3am

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.


Saturday, February 9 at 2pm

African Americans: 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.

Saturday, February 9 at 3:45pm

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.

Sunday, February 10 at 11pm

Independent Lens
Black Memorabilia
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.

Monday, February 11 at 9pm

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Part 1

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.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Part 1 | Additional Airdate
Saturday, February 16 at 3am

Wednesday, February 13 at 3:30am

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). Queen of Swing examines Miller's influence in the globalization of America's jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world. During her career, Miller performed at the integrated Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, staged the first all-black shows on Miami Beach and at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, and became one of the first black female stand-up comics in the U.S. Fifteen years in the making, the film also provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the largerthan-life personalities of the jazz era, including Miller's friends Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie.

Wednesday, February 13 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 Frankie95 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 76year-old son, Chazz, himself a professional dancer. Frankie was a born storyteller, with a huge smile and an even bigger laugh.

Thursday, February 14 at 3am

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.

Friday, February 15 at 3am

Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
In 1933 Florence B Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World's Fair. She composed songs for the great singer Marian Anderson who sang Price's music at her legendary at the Lincoln Memorial performance in 1939 - a watershed moment in civil rights history. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman's triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.

Saturday, February 16 at 2pm

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.


Saturday, February 16 at 3:45pm

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.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Part 2 | Additional Airdate
Saturday, February 23 at 3am

Saturday, February 16 at 5pm

Integrating Ole Miss
James Meredith & Beyond
Integrating Ole Miss
Integrating Ole Miss presents the University of Mississippi as a microcosm for the Civil Rights Movement in the state and across the nation. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, James Meredith became the first Black student to enroll at Ole Miss. His application created an uproar that made news around the world and culminated in a deadly riot and federal intervention. Fifty years later, the university is fully integrated and, in 2008, international spotlight was once again on the university - this time, however, to cover a presidential debate that featured the man who would become America's first Black President. From the status quo of 1960 to today, Ole Miss, like America, has grown and changed.

Sunday, February 17 at 11pm

Independent Lens
Hale Country This Morning, This Evening
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.
 

Monday, February 18 at 9pm

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Part 2

Imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr. woke up and said, "what's happened?" Henry Louis Gates, Jr. talks about Black America Since MLK.

Tuesday, February 19 at 9pm

Sammy Davis Jr.
American Masters

Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.The first major film documentary of the life and art of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. American Masters | Additional Airdate
Monday, February 25 at 1am
 


Thursday, February 21 at 3am

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.


Friday, February 22 at 3am

Education of Harvey Gantt

On January 28, 1963, a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. The absence of drama or violence surrounding Gantt's enrollment - the result of nearly two years of detailed preparation and planning on the part of college administrators, state politicians and business leaders.

Saturday, February 23 at 12am

Charley Pride | American Masters
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.

Saturday, February 23 at 1am

Fats Domino | American Masters

Discover how Fats Domino's brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock 'n' roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.


Saturday, February 23 at 2am

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 for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. Moreover, these laws also disenfranchise other people of color, the elderly, poor, and disabled. With the 2015 anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as well as the upcoming presidential primaries and general election, voting rights will remain at the forefront of a national debate. With historical footage and interview with Freedom Summer architects and volunteers, as well as present day activists, 1964: The Fight for a Right uses Mississippi to explain American voting issues in the last 150 years. For instance, why are red states red?

Saturday, February 23 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 23 at 4:30pm

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.

John Lewis Get In The Way | Additional Airdate
Thursday, February 28 at 4am
 



Monday, February 25 at 9pm

Black Ballerina
A story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the over- whelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson (the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's first black ballerina) confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America. In 2015, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas, and find that many of the same obstacles their predecessors faced are still evident in the ballet world today. Through interviews with current and former ballet dancers along with engaging archival photos and film, the one-hour documentary uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers on a subject that reaches far outside the art world and compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.
Black Ballerina | Additional Airdate
Saturday, March 2 at 3am

Monday, February 25 at 10pm

Talking Black In America

Follow the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American language. Speech varieties in African American communities reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality.

Talking Black In America | Additional Airdate
Saturday, March 2 at 4am

Tuesday, February 26 at 9pm

Roads to Memphis
American Experience

From Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives, this film tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.


Thursday, February 28 at 2am

The Talk | Race In America

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police

Additional Programs Available for Streaming
Austin City Limits

Buddy Guy / August Greene

54:11
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Expires: 2019-03-04
Rating: TV-PG

Thrill to an hour of blues and hip-hop with Buddy Guy and August Greene.

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Tell Them We Are Rising
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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
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Breaking Big
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B.B. King: The Life of Riley
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Gentlemen of Vision
America ReFramed
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Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Cl
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Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
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A Conversation With My Black Son
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Raising Bertie
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While I Breathe, I Hope
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
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StoryCorps Shorts: Traffic Stop
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PBS Online Film Festival

Heroes of Color

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

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Mr. United States
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Cowgirl Up
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Black Muslim Woman
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Black Muslim Woman
Finding America:The Fresh Prince of Anacostia
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A Thousand Midnights
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A Thousand Midnights
Kojo
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Super Predator: Preludes of the Black Fish
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WNED-TV Presents | The Freedom Wall
WNED-TV 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-TV Specials

The Freedom Wall

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Expires: 2022-02-08

WNED-TV 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.

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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.

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.