10:30pm In Performance at the White House “Women of Soul” From the East Room of the White House, the President and Mrs. Obama welcome Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others to perform the songs made famous by generations of remarkable women who overcame adversity through the power and passion of their music.
Saturday, 2/11 6pm Korla – NEW Korla is the amazing story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India.
Sunday, 2/12 7pm Take This Hammer KQED's mobile film unit follows author and activist James Baldwin in the spring of 1963 as he's driven around San Francisco to meet with members of the local African American community.
Saturday, 2/18 8pm Driving Miss Daisy An elderly Atlanta widow (Jessica Tandy) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) reflect the changing times, from 1948 to 1973.
9pm The Talk – Race in America - NEW 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.
11pm Editor and the Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, this documentary tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era.
Tuesday, 2/21 8pm Maya Angelou: American Masters - NEW Journey through the prolific life of the author and activist, who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.
Friday, 2/24 10:30pm Black Ballerina - new Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, this program tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet.
9pm Africa’s Great Civilizations #101- NEW Beginning with Africa's ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.
Monday, 2/6 10am Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Thirty-five years before the election of President Barack Obama, the question of race and the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test in an overlooked story in American politics — Tom Bradley's 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles — the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority.
Wednesday, 2/8 11:30pm Reel South “Soul City” Civil rights activists attempted to build a multiracial utopia in North Carolina in the 1970s.
Saturday, 2/11 7am Jackie Robinson “Part 1” Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve.
11am John Lewis – Get in the Way- NEW Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, Lewis is considered the conscience of Congress.
Monday, 2/20 10am Klansville, U.S.A.: American Experience Investigate the reasons that North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.
Friday, February 3 11pm Reel South “Counter Histories: Rock Hill” In 1961 nine college men decided they were ready to go to jail to fight segregation laws and inequality in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Their sit-in at the local whites-only lunch counter changed the course of the civil rights movement by introducing a new strategy.
Sunday, 2/12 7pm American Masters “Althea” Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the US Nationals.
8:30pm Education of Harvey Gantt Narrated by Tony-winning actor Phylicia Rashad, this documentary tells a pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation.
Wednesday, 2/15 8pm Rise of the Black Pharaohs In the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians.
Thursday, 2/16 7pm African American Museum This special captures the details, ingenuity and the history surrounding the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Thursday, 2/23 7pm An Evening With Gwen Ifill A one-on-one interview with the late Gwen Ifill — one of the most prolific journalists of our time.
Saturday, 2/4 5am 1964: The Fight for a Right This documentary chronicles the struggles of African Americans in 1960s Mississippi fighting for the right to vote.
Sunday, 2/5 8pm Finding Your Roots “The Stories We Tell” Discover the unsolved mysteries behind the family stories of political organizer Donna Brazile, actor Ty Burrell and artist Kara Walker as they learn how the legacy of slavery has shaped their identities.
Thursday, 2/9 5am Independent Lens “American Denial” This film uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.
Saturday, 2/11 4:30pm One Night in March This program tells the story of a historic college basketball game that captured the national imagination, influenced a state and helped redefine a sport.
9pm Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale” Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Wednesday, 2/15 6am Colored Frames An exploration of the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.
Saturday, 2/18 5amGhosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels This documentary chronicles a trip made by academics and historians to Sierra Leone in May 2013 as they retrace the path of the 53 Africans who rebelled against their captors and seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, leading to a watershed U.S. Supreme Court decision.
4pm Evening With Eric Holder A one-on-one interview with former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. whose career that has been committed to service and racial justice.
9pm Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) was an innovative and prolific jazz pianist, composer and arranger, who created some of the most sophisticated big-band hits for Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other popular orchestras of the 1930s.
10pm Queen of Swing Recounts the true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer Norma Miller.
Wednesday, 2/22 7am Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound Learn how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida. Explore the early days of 1960s soul music in Miami, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.
Saturday, 2/25 5am 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.
Monday, 2/27 12:30am An Unlikely Friendship This program chronicles a surprising friendship that emerged between an embittered Ku Klux Klan leader and an outspoken black activist.
7am Independent Lens “Let the Fire Burn” This film brings to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.
KQED 9 is available over the air on DT9.1, 54.2 and 25.1 and via most cable systems on Channel 9. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 9 SD and 709 HD) and on Wave (Channels 9 SD and 164 HD). It can also be found on DIRECTV and DISH satellite systems (Channels 9 SD and HD).
KQED Plus is available over the air on Channels 54, DT54.1, 9.2 and 25.2, and via many cable and satellite systems on either channel 10 or 54. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 10 SD, and 710 HD) and on DIRECTV (Channel 54 SD and HD) and DISH (Channel 54, SD only) satellite systems.
This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED Life (XFINITY 189, Channel 54.3) and KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).