10 Chances to Experience Black History Month on TV

Published on February 23rd, 2012

Although part of American History, Black History Month is dedicated to highlighting the memorable, triumphant and celebratory moments of African Americans in the United States. Here are 10 shows that PBS has scheduled throughout the month of February. Check local listings for broadcast times and dates.

1. “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock” focuses on the woman behind the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

2. “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story” highlights a man who helped slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

3.  Filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells a true tale of the hundreds of blacks and whites who practiced civil disobedience to oppose segregation in the South in the 1960s in his latest documentary, “Freedom Riders: American Experience.”

4. “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” features a compilation of insightful interviews with black activist, scholars and other prominent figures.

5. Laurence Fishburne narrates “Slavery by Another Name,” which explores the term “neo-slavery.”

6. From the director of “Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters” offers an emotional look at the journey of former gang members who try and “interrupt” violence in their Chicago neighborhoods.

7. “More Than a Month” provides an in-depth look on black society in “post-racial”America. 

8. “Great Performances: Memphis” is a love story of a black singer and white DJ in the 1950s that celebrates great music of the past. It premiers at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

9. “An Evening With Valerie Simpson” showcases the famous singer-songwriter discussing her success, memorable music moments and life with the late Nick Ashford. 

10. “Cab Calloway: Sketches,” premiering at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, as part of the “American Masters” series, offers a profile of musician Cab Calloway and a look at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club.

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