PBS Honors the Legacy of Black History

This February and beyond, PBS offers special programming to commemorate Black History Month as part of its commitment to celebrating the diversity of America.

ammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances.

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

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Charley Pride

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.

Friday, February 22, at 9:00 p.m.

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Redeeming Uncle Tom

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story

See the story of Josiah Henson (voiced by actor Danny Glover), the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

Monday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Experience: Road To Memphis

Witness the fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Tuesday, February 26, at 9:00 p.m.

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