Black History Month

Commemorate BLACK HISTORY MONTH With Several New Programs
& a Free Screening at the New Mexico PBS Community Cinema at the KiMo series

AMERICAN MASTERS “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” – New!

Friday, 2/7 at 9:30 – 11:00 pm

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and Walker herself.

POV “American Promise” – New!
Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Ch.5.1 – Saturday 2/8 at 10:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – Thursday 2/13 at 9:00 pm

Trace the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend at a prestigious private school.
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.


Ch.9.1 – Sundays 2/9 & 2/16 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Two Parts, Over Two Nights)

This film chronicles the life and career of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th century. Johnson ultimately lost his title in a bout in Cuba in 1915, after fleeing the United States following his federal conviction for allegedly violating the Mann Act, a progressive-era law intended to crack down on commercialized vice but used against Johnson to create an example against, to quote the prosecutor, “the evils of miscegenation.”

INDEPENDENT LENS “Spies of Mississippi” – New!

Ch.5.1 – Saturday 2/15 at 10:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – Thursday 2/20 at 9:00 pm

View the story of a secret spy agency formed during the 1950s and 60s by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy. Over a decade, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. They were granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests and compel testimony. The program tracks the commission’s hidden role in important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the trial of Medgar Evers and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964.


Ch.5.1 – Saturday 2/15 at 11:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – Thursday 2/20 at 10:00 pm

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This program tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

POV “Homegoings”

Ch.5.1 – Saturday 2/22 at 11:00 pm
Ch.9.1 – Thursday 2/27 at 10:00 pm

Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. “Homegoings” takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, drawing on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. The film paints a portrait of the departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.”


INDEPENDENT LENS “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” – New!

Wednesday, 2/26 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

KiMo Theatre: 423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque

The Screening will be followed by an interactive discussion. Darren Johnson, Deputy Director of Office of African American Affairs will be the discussion moderator.

This documentary covers Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. The film traces a formative period in Ali’s life, one unknown to young people and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.

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