Black History Month Programming on the Community Idea Stations
From history to performing arts to independent film, the Community Idea Stations offer viewers the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout the year, and will offer a special slate of new and encore programs in honor of Black History Month.
Bridge to Intellectual Freedom and Equality
Thursday, February 2 at 10 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Bringing Home the Bacon: The Roland McDaniel Story
Thursday, February 2 at 10:30 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Tuesday, February 7 at 10 p.m. on WCVW PBS
The 1940 Virginia Union University (VUU) tennis champ achieved the honor of being the first and only individual tennis champ from VUU. The film includes amazing archival pictures and film footage from VUU's history and interviews from VUU Sports Information Director, Jim Junot and history professor, Dr. Raymond Hylton.
Live from the Artists Den – Corinne Bailey Rae
Thursday, February 2 at 11 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad
Friday, February 3 at 10 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS
This documentary tells the story of the critical Eastern Line of The Underground Railroad and its role in the 19th century anti-slavery movement in America. Interviews with a cadre of top scholars explore the themes of courage and racial cooperation in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Aretha Frankin Presents: Soul Rewind (My Music)
Sunday, February 5 at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, presents a collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers of the classic 1960s-70s soul era.
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
Monday, February 6 at 10 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
This documentary reveals some of the dramatic, lesser-known stories behind this humanitarian enterprise, and explores key Canadian connections, including the surprising fate of former slaves who crossed the border to “Freedom’s Land.”
Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance
Monday, February 6 at 10 p.m. on WCVW PBS
Friday, February 10 at 10 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Tuesday, February 14 at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS
This encore presentation of a Community Ideas Stations production, in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, looks at the story of the fall of Massive Resistance and the desegregation of public schools told by the students who lived through it.
Freedom Riders: American Experience
Tuesday, February 7 at 8 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Thursday, February 9 at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS
This special encore presentation from 2011 is acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s powerful and inspirational story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated travel facilities in the South in 1961.
Wilder: An American First
Tuesday, February 7 at 9 p.m. on WCVW PBS
Thursday, February 16 at 10 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
The Community Idea Stations tell the fascinating story of this skilled legislator, lawyer and politician, and his tempestuous rise to national recognition.
Independent Lens: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Tuesday, February 7 at 11 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This program tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.
Slavery by Another Name
Monday, February 13 at 9 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Tuesday, February 14 at 9 p.m. on WCVW PBS
A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, this new documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon, explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century.
Independent Lens: The Black Power Mixtape
Tuesday, February 14 at 11 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Take a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America, 1967-1975.
Looking for Lincoln, Part One and Two
Monday, February 20 at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS
Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he dissects the myths that have grown up around Abraham Lincoln.
Black/White & Brown: Brown Versus the Board of Education of Topeka
Tuesday, February 21 at 9 p.m. on WCVW PBS
Independent Lens – More Than a Month
Tuesday, February 21 at 11 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, “More Than a Month” investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.
Filmmaker Shukree Tilghman wearing protest sign in Harlem.
Great Performance: Memphis
Friday, February 24 at 9 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, “Memphis” turns the radio dial back to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ, named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball), whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves.