KQED is proud to celebrate Black History Month in February with a special TV and radio programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.
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Thursday, January 31 8pm Black Fire Broadcaster and jazz writer Kevin Legendre talks to musicians and artists across generations, including hip hop pioneers The Last Poets, singer Carleen Anderson, jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, rapper Jasiri X, percussionist Questlove, Black Power poet Sonia Sanchez and Gil Scott Heron’s writing partner Brian Jackson, and asks: Has black music resumed its status as protest music in America?
Wednesday, February 6
8pm Witness: Black History Month The BBC World Service presents a special hour-long edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. Audiences will travel back to an iconic photograph from the civil rights campaign with Gloria Richardson. They'll hear the struggle for fair pay from Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee reflects on the moral stand she took in 2001 against the open-ended Global War on Terror. Witness presents stories that are inspiring, harrowing, and richly told.
Wednesday, February 13 8pm The Pulse: Black Health in America Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for African Americans. In this episode, we explore the legacy of that separation. We meet some of the people who helped integrate hospitals as the civil rights fight was heating up, and hear from a millennial mom who says even in 2018, looking for a black doctor to care for her black little girls is “a thing.” Throughout the episode, we also visit separate, largely black spaces that nourish African American health and well-being.
Thursday, February 14 8pm Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is a culmination of WXPN’s interviews with musicians and historians and live gospel music concerts, exploring the history of black gospel music and its influence on rock and soul music. Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, the four-part documentary brings you in-depth interviews with historians and musicians with a backdrop of gospel, rock and soul music. The series airs: February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 6.
Wednesday, February 27 8pm Humankind: The Freed People "The Freed People" examines one of the most fascinating chapters of American history, when Congress established The Freedmen’s Bureau as the Civil War drew to a close. Its mission was to assist four million African American slaves in the transition to freedom — the government’s first social welfare agency. A truly absorbing story is told by historians drawing from letters written in this period and performances of African American spirituals sung in that era.
Monday, February 4 9pm Antiques Roadshow #1934: Celebrating Black Americana Highlights include an 1821 U.S. Citizenship Certificate for George Barker, a free man of color, and an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire.
10pm Independent Lens #2010: Black Memorabilia (NEW) From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia — racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation.
Tuesday, February 5
8pmFinding Your Roots #505: Freedom Tales (NEW) Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan.
Wednesday, February 13 11pm AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #1102: Mama Colonel (NEW) Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the program follows Honorine Munyole, known as Mama Colonel, as she leads a special police force charged with addressing violence against children and women in a country struggling to heal the wounds of war.
Tuesday, February 19
9pm Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters #2707 (NEW) Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.
11pm B.B. King: American Masters #2903 Explore B.B. King's challenging life and career through candid interviews with the "King of the Blues," filmed shortly before his death, and fellow musicians, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.
Saturday, February 23 6pm Aretha! Queen of Soul This program, to mark the passing of Aretha Franklin, includes archival footage from her storied career, and interviews that will evoke the memory of the "Queen of Soul."
Tuesday, February 26 9pm John Lewis: Get in the Way Follow the journey of civil rights hero, Congressman and human rights champion John Lewis.
Saturday, February 2 7pm Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street This documentary details the history of this district, the black community in Little Rock, Arkansas and race relations in the city. It also showcases the spirit and hard work of the people who called the neighborhood home, and explores the impact of federal programs such as urban renewal, school desegregation and more.
Friday, February 8 10:30am Reel South #201: Soul City Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia — Soul City — in the heart of North Carolina's Klan Country in the 1970s.
Saturday, February 9
7pm Jazz Ambassadors Discover how the Cold War and civil rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music.
Thursday, 2/14 10am Our American Family: The Clarks This documentary traces the lives of an African-American family with seven children as they employed humor, resourcefulness and respect for all through the Depression, WWII and racial tension.
Wednesday, February 27 10am AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange #903: My Father’s Land My Father's Land is a feature documentary exploring the life of Papa Jah, a humble Haitian Gardener, who has spent the last forty years in the Bahamas building a life for himself and his children, while living in a marginalized Haitian community nicknamed the Mud.
4pm Independent Lens #1807: Birth of a Movement Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 film The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.
Saturday, February 2 4pm Finding Your Roots #303: In Search of Freedom Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory.
3pm The Talk: Race in America In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police.
5pm America ReFramed #502: 70 Acres in Chicago Twenty-years in the making, 70 Acres in Chicago tells the story of the Cabrini Green public housing development located on the most hotly contested 70 acres of land in Chicago.
Wednesday, February 6 7am Colored Frames Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.
3pm The Education of Harvey Gantt This documentary tells the story of a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt who enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina.
Thursday, February 7 3pm Black Women in Medicine This program honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine.
Friday, February 8 3pm Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story (NEW) This documentary chronicles the extraordinary life of Theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and "mystic" who used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change.
5pm Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story (NEW) This documentary tells 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.
Saturday, February 9 4pm Finding Your Roots #307: Family Reunions Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.
7pm America ReFramed #406: Baddddd Sonia Sanchez Meet 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez, for whom writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist and early champion of the spoken word.
Sunday, February 10 7pm P.O.V. #3108: Whose Streets? Take an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising, where citizens assert their right to live.
8:30pm Graceful Voices This documentary captures the stories and experiences of the Bahamian and African American women who were born in the MacFarlane Homestead Historic District, forged lifelong friendships, and developed a passion for their community.
Wednesday, February 13 3pm P.O.V. #3102: Quest Watch an intimate film capturing eight years in the lives of Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" Rainey, as they raise a family and nurture a community of hip-hop artists in Philadelphia.
Friday, February 15 3pm 1964: The Fight for a Right This documentary chronicles the struggles of African-Americans in 1960s Mississippi fighting for the right to vote.
Saturday, February 16 4pm Finding Your Roots #404: The Vanguard Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors — of all colors — into the greater context of black history.
Sunday, February 17
7pm P.O.V. #3004: Presenting Princess Shaw View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.
Monday, February 18 4pm In Their Own Words #102: Muhammad Ali Follow Muhammad Ali's path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics.
Tuesday, February 19 3:30pm Slavery By Another Name This documentary challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
Wednesday, February 20 3pm Talking Black in America (NEW) This documentary follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American language.
4pm Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up This documentary examines the life of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, offering first-hand accounts by those who knew her and worked side by side with her in the struggle for voting rights.
Saturday, February 23 4pm Finding Your Roots #406: Black Like Me Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry, revealing slaves and free people of color, Civil War legacies and forgotten European origins.
Tuesday, February 26 3:30pm Independent Lens #1909: Winnie Explore the life of Winnie Mandela and her struggle to bring down apartheid, with intimate insights from those closest to her and testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.
5pm America ReFramed #705: Late Blossom Blues (NEW) This documentary follows Leo “Bud” Welch and his manager Vencie Varnado, a Gulf War Veteran, as they balance the tight rope between business and geriatrics, between jet lag and sound check.
Wednesday, February 27 6:30am Independent Lens #1919: True Conviction Meet three exonerated ex-prisoners who start a detective agency to rebuild their lives, help free other wrongly incarcerated persons and fix the criminal justice system.
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This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).