Black History Month

New Programs Premiere February 7 – 29, 2016

PBS broadcasts programming created by and about African Americans year-round, engaging viewers in an exploration of black-and American-history. In addition to documentaries airing in February commemorating the contributions of African Americans, throughout 2016 PBS will also feature programs about moments in history that helped shape race relations today.

All Programs Below are Listed in Chronological Order & Air on Ch. 5.1 & Ch.9.1:

Ch. 5.1 – Sundays at 9 pm; Thursdays at 8 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Tuesdays at 8 pm
Follow a colorful cast of characters at a Union hospital in Alexandria, VA in the early years of the Civil War, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, soldiers, including wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies.

Ch. 5.1 – Tuesdays at 7 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Sunday at 7 pm; Tuesday at 12 pm
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in this series as he delves into the genealogy of famous Americans.
Tuesday, February 16 episode – Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

A2_ballerinas_tale-04-pressINDEPENDENT LENS: A Ballerina’s Tale
Ch. 9.1 – Monday, February 8 at 9pm; Thursday, February 11 at 12:30 pm; Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 am
Ch. 5.1 – Saturday, February 13, 10:00;
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater (ABT). Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.

American blues guitarist B.B. King performing with his band and special guests at London's Royal Albert Hall for Bluesfest, 2011AMERICAN MASTERS: B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Ch. 5.1 – Friday, February 12 at 9:00 pm
Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

Black Panther Party
Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames

Ch. 5.1 – Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 pm; Saturday, February 20 at 10 am
Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at its vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

A2_LBJ-A4537-26INDEPENDENT LENS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”
Ch. 5.1 – Saturday, February 20, 10:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday, February 15 at 10 pm; Thursday, February 18 at 2 pm
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.

Fats Domino at piano.

AMERICAN MASTERS: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll
Ch. 5.1 – Friday, February 26 at 10 pm
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.

A1_Main_wilheminas_war-press-01INDEPENDENT LENS “Wilhemina’s War”
Ch. 5.1 – Monday, February 29 at 10 pm
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south, where living with HIV is a grim reality.

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