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Black History Month on KERA

KERA is proud to offer the following TV and FM programs honoring Black History Month 2017.

 

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walkerAmerican Masters: Alice Walker
Monday, February 6 at 9pm

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer and activist Alice Walker was born into a family of sharecroppers in Georgia. Her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. In this documentary, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar’s charts Walker’s inspiring journey from her birth to the present.

 

Finding Your Roots
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 14 & 28 at 7pm

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 new guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America.

 

Independent Lens: Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution
Tuesday, February 7 at 10pm

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.

 

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Smokey Robinson
Friday, February 10 at 9pm

Enjoy an all-star tribute to Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, featuring performances by Aloe Blacc, Gallant, CeeLo Green, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Walsh and more.

 

John Lewis: Get In The Way
Monday, February 13, at 9pm

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

 

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross
Sunday, February 19 at 10am

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in this groundbreaking six-part series. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, politic strategies and religious and social perspectives they developed.

 

The Talk: Race In America
Monday, February 20 at 8pm

This two-hour documentary explores the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children — especially sons — about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

 

American Masters: Maya Angelou
Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm

This two-hour documentary explores the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children — especially sons — about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

 

American Experience: Freedom Riders
Tuesday, February 21 at 10pm

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

 

Africa’s Great Civilations
Mon, Feb. 27 – Tue, Feb. 28 at 8pm

In his series Africa’s Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

 

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APM Reports — Historically Black
Sunday, February 5, 12 and 19 at 10am

In this three-episode special series, APM Reports and the The Washington Post team up to reveal intimate and surprising aspects of history through interviews, archival sound and music. Based on photographs and family objects submitted to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the series is narrated by popular African American actors and writers, including Keegan-Michael Key, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton and more. Hosted by Michele Norris.