Honor Black History Month With These PBS Programs

January 30, 2022 Alyssa Beno

In celebration of Black History Month, PBS Wisconsin invites you to recognize the achievements of African Americans, past and present, with this selection of programs airing in February and streaming anytime on the free PBS video app.

In their own words: Chuck Berry

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1 (see full broadcast schedule)

Take a fascinating ride on the Chuck Berry train and explore the life of the man behind the music. PBS Passport Members: Watch the program now!

The Architect of Hollywood: The Paul R. Williams Story

10:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1 (see full broadcast schedule)

Nicknamed “the architect of the stars,” African-American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But, at the peak of his career, he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. The Hollywood Architect tells how he used talent, determination and even charm to defy the odds and create a famous work.

Independent Lens: Dark Memories

10:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3 (see full broadcast schedule)

Examine the world of racist material, both old and new, that propagates demeaning depictions of African Americans. The film shines a light on those who reproduce, consume and recover objects with racial connotations.

Independent lens: Mister SOUL!

10 p.m. Friday, February 4 (see full broadcast schedule)

Celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared black culture with the nation. Ellis Haizlip developed SOUL! in 1968 as one of the first platforms to promote the dynamism of the Black Arts Movement.

American Masters: Marian Anderson – The whole world in her hands

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 (see full broadcast schedule)

With unprecedented access to the estate of contralto Marian Anderson, this documentary delves into the life, career, art and legacy of the singer of classical music and spirituals. Anchored by key performances from his career, the film shows how his silent genius and breathtaking voice set the stage for black performers of classical music and a stronger voice for civil rights.

John Lewis: getting in the way

11 p.m. Wednesday, February 9

The journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is chronicled.

American experience: the American diplomat

8 p.m. Tuesday, February 15

At the height of the Cold War, the US State Department – ​​known as “pale, male and Yale” – remained one of the last agencies to completely disintegrate. The American diplomat tells the story of the struggle for inclusion in American diplomacy through the lives of three African-American ambassadors: Edward R. Dudley, Terence Todman and Carl Rowan.

The Stand: how one gesture shook the world

9 p.m. Wednesday, February 16

Through intimate interviews with participants and witnesses, this documentary is an eye-opening exploration of the circumstances that led runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos to a historic moment at the 1968 Olympics.

Through the banks of the red cedar

7 and 11 p.m. Monday, February 21 on The Wisconsin Channel (PBS Wisconsin-2)

Follow the 50-year legacy of the filmmaker’s father, legendary Minnesota Vikings catcher Gene Washington, from the segregated south at Michigan State University, alongside highly decorated teammates Bubba Smith, George Webster and Clinton Jones, as they become members of America’s first fully integrated football team, later in history as a first-round pick in the 1967 draft.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America: A Special Reframed About America

8 p.m. Tuesday, February 22; 7 and 11 p.m. Monday, February 28 on The Wisconsin Channel (PBS Wisconsin-2)

The public speeches, personal interviews and powerful songs of the intrepid Mississippi cropper-turned-human-rights activist paint a moving portrait of one of the civil rights movement‘s greatest leaders.

Free virtual event: Join Keisha Blain (author of “Until I’m Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message for America”) in conversation with Fannie Lou Hamer’s America executive producer and Ms. Hamer’s great-niece, Monica Land, to hear about what today’s generation of social justice warriors can learn from the example of Fannie Lou Hamer. Register now for the free virtual event.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big

9:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22; 9 p.m. Sunday, February 27 on The Wisconsin Channel (PBS Wisconsin-2)

Learn how Vel Phillips achieved an impressive list of “firsts” as part of his legacy, including Wisconsin’s first African-American judge and the country’s first female, and African-American, elected to an executive government position. of State.

The Groveland Four

10 p.m. Thursday, February 24

In July 1949, four young black men were charged with rape by a 17-year-old woman in rural Lake County, Florida. “The Groveland Four” case included a race riot, torture, multiple murders, two trials and an overturn by the Supreme Court. Although widely covered, the case has been largely forgotten, even though it helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement.

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