A Celebration of Black History

PBS is proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round!  In 2018, we’re bringing you a new lineup of films AND turning a lens on you to celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you.

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

An Academy Award nominee, the film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15, at 9:00 p.m.

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Lorraine Hansberry

American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry

Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines Lorraine Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents.

Friday, January 19, at 9:00 p.m.

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Independent Lens: The Force

Go deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, Missouri, and an explosive scandal.

Monday, January 22, at 9:00 p.m.

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We Knew What We Had

The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

This documentary features the talent of international jazz legends and explores the social conditions and events that made Pittsburgh one of the world’s leading music cities.

Thursday, February 8, at 8:00 p.m.

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Young elephants interacting

POV: Do Not Resist

A vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Do Not Resist puts viewers in the center of the action; from inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments.

Monday, February 12, at 10:00 p.m.

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Maya Angelou

American Masters: Maya Angelou

Journey through the prolific life of the ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.

Friday, February 16, at 9:00 p.m.

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Recent graduates of Morgan State University, Maryland

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising

Explore the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

Monday, February 19, at 9:00 p.m.

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Ann Curry

We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

Tuesday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m.

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