Celebrate Black History Month 2022

Omaha (Nebraska) Symphony Music Director Laureate Thomas Wilkin with his baton. Photo courtesy: Omaha Symphony

Short Form Videos

Historic Black Churches in Central Pennsylvania

Find out about more than a century of history that still exists today in historic Black churches in central Pennsylvania.

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Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Khalid el-Hakim’s Black History 101 Mobile Museum is collection of more than 7,000 items highlights African American history from the transatlantic slave trade to present day.

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Story Corps: Driven

Wendell Scott was the first African American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His son, Frank, remembers what it took for his father to cross the finish line at racetracks throughout the South in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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Story Corps: Eyes on the Stars

Carl McNair tells the story of his brother Ronald, an African American kid in the 1950s who set his sights on the stars.

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Guitar player and drummer performing in an open grass field

Metronome: Eric Ian Farmer

Eric Ian Farmer & Josh Troup perform Eric’s song “When You [Side]Walked Into the Room” at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park.

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Craft in America: Philip Simmons

Philip Simmons (1912–2009) was a renowned blacksmith in Charleston, SC. Enticed by the sparks flying in a blacksmith shop he passed on his way to school, he became an apprentice at the early age of 13.

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Craft in America: Reclaiming Craft Traditions

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond on craft, culture, and bead artist Joyce J. Scott.

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WPSU Radio

The Invention of Race

The idea that race is a social construct comes from the pioneering work of anthropologist Franz Boas. During a time when race-based science and the eugenics movement were becoming mainstream, anthropologist Franz Boas actively sought to prove that race was a social construct, not a biological fact.

Friday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m.

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Ida B. Wells Special from Humankind

Hear the life story of Ida B. Wells, a powerful investigative journalist who went on to publish the first major study of domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching.

Friday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m.

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Witness: Black History Month

Interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history

Friday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m.

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Selected Shorts: Celebrating Toni Morrison

Tayari Jones (New York Times bestselling author, most recently of the novel An American Marriage) helps us to celebrate Morrison, the American master who died in 2019. Morrison’s novels, including Beloved, Jazz and Song of Solomon, have become an indelible part of the American canon.

Friday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.

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WPSU Television

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

The daughter of football legend Gene Washington uncovers how the first fully-integrated college football team in America changed the face of the game forever.

Tuesday, February 1, at 9:00 p.m.

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Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Discover an international singer who captivated royalty in Europe and defied the conscience of 1939 America. Watch rare archival footage and hear audio recordings exploring her life and career from the Metropolitan Opera to the State Department.

Tuesday, February 8, at 9:00 p.m.

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Beyond the Baton: A Conductor’s Journey

Born to a single mother on welfare, Thomas Wilkins grew up to become one of the few remarkable African American conductors leading a major orchestra — the celebrated Omaha Symphony. This hour-long film documents Wilkins’ experience as a Black conductor and his larger impact on the musical world.

Monday, February 21, at 9:00 p.m.


Henry Louis Gates Jr looks towards the alter in a church

The Black Church

In this intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., we trace how this came to be in the 400 year-old story of the Black church in America.

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