January 26, 2010
Telling Our Stories: African Americans commemorates Black History Month
Throughout February on WGBH 2/HD, WGBH 44, WGBH World, 89.7 WGBH, 99.5 All Classical and Forum Network
During the month of February, WGBH commemorates Black History Month with Telling
Our Stories, an initiative that builds on WGBH‘s year-round commitment to create and
broadcast programs that reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the communities WGBH serves. Local sponsorship of Telling Our Stories is generously provided by
UMass Boston. For additional information, visit www.wgbh.org/stories.
Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 11:00pm and Sundays at 12:30pm on WGBH 2/HD
Sundays at 8am and 5pm on WGBH World
Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture
of African Americans through short-form documentaries, performances, and one-on-one conversations. The current season features live panel discussions with a provocative and fresh examination of the black experience and an in-depth look at local and national current events.
For the Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriot (new!)
Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World (Part 1)
Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World (Part 2)
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 2/HD (Part 1)
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 2/HD (Part 2)
This miniseries uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since the earliest days of the republic. The story spans the Revolution to Iraq and examines why, despite enormous injustice, these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not enjoy.
Independent Lens: “Herskovitz at the Heart of Blackness” (new!)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7:30pm on WGBH World
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 44
Using photomontage re-creations, interviews, animation, original field footage and recordings, this film examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits. The controversial Jewish anthropologist‘s writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture by insisting that we look at the world through each other‘s lives and histories.
Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 8pm on WGBH 2/HD
This special showcases an evening with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder‘s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The concert includes performances by Wonder himself and Tony
Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Will.i.am and the gospel duo Mary Mary, among others. President Obama will confer the Gershwin Prize upon Wonder
during the event. Also featured are Wayne Brady, Anita Johnson, India.Arie, Rickey Minor and Paul Simon.
Nova: “Forgotten Genius”
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World
This film examines the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century. The grandson of Alabama slaves, Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry—a man who would eventually find
freedom in the laboratory. By the time of his death, Julian had risen to the highest levels of scientific and personal achievement, overcoming countless obstacles to become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil-rights pioneer.
Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 8pm on WGBH 2/HD
As a lawyer traveling Illinois‘ Eighth Judicial Circuit, Abraham Lincoln made two simultaneous journeys. He gained respect as a skilled attorney and mesmerizing speaker, but he also built a political base and refined his views on the important issues of the day, many of which he would face in the White House. His experiences from 1837 to 1860 on muddy roads, in homes of friends and in courtrooms on the circuit guided him when he became president. Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency tells the story of the cases he tried
and people he met during this critical period of his life.
Frontline: “Dreams of Obama”
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 2/HD
Frontline examines the rich personal and political biography of the 44th president of the United States. Through interviews with insiders and observers who‘ve tracked Obama from his days at Harvard Law School, through his rise in Chicago politics, to his emergence onto the national scene after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Frontline chronicles Obama‘s meteoric rise, pushing beyond the headlines to reveal how he won one of the most memorable, and important, presidential elections of our time.
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 (new!)
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 4pm and 11pm on WGBH World
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 10pm on WGBH 44
This film explores the events of February 8, 1968, two nights after students from a predominately black college attempted to bowl at the city‘s only bowling alley, where the owner refused. Tensions rose and violence erupted as gunfire from white police officers left three African American students dead and 27 wounded on the campus of South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, S.C.
Independent Lens: “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four”
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 11pm on WGBH 44
On February 1, 1960, four college students staged a sit-in at a Woolworth‘s lunch counter
in Greensboro, North Carolina, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. In this intimate portrait, viewers learn what led these four friends to protest — and how the
protests affected their lives.
The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World
Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., The Marines
Of Montford Point: Fighting For Freedom profiles the first African Americans recruits in
the United States Marine Corps, beginning with their experiences at Montford Point Base,
a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South. All-black battalions from Montford Point loyally served their country (some as officers) in three major conflicts —
World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War — while fighting for their civil
rights back home. During the film, Montford Point veterans recount the racism they faced
both within and outside the military and reminisce about the rigors of basic training, the harsh conditions of the barracks and the perils of combat.
Independent Lens: “P-Star Rising” (new!)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 7:30pm on WGBH World
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 44
At age nine, Priscilla tells her single-father, ―I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.‖ Moved by Priscilla‘s, or P-Star‘s, passion
and impressed with her talent and charisma, he begins to teach her all he knows about rapping. Suddenly, this father-daughter duo goes from a one-bedroom shelter in Harlem to a four-bedroom apartment, from rapping on street corners to sold-out night clubs. But in the efforts to make her dad proud, Priscilla struggles to remain a child and finds herself trapped in a world of people twice her size and four times her age and doesn‘t know whom to trust.
Nickles from Heaven
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6pm and 9pm on WGBH World
The 17 members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the ―Triple Nickles,‖ were among America‘s least recognized military pioneers during World War II. Nickles
From Heaven recounts the experiences of the first African-American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers and celebrates their long-overlooked contributions to the war effort. The surviving six members of the troop provide first-hand accounts of their service and reflect on their impact on American history. The Emmy award-winning documentary features an introduction by Secretary of State Colin Powell who praises the sacrifices and the headway the ―555‖ made for all African-Americans in the U.S. military.
In Performance at the White House: Civil Rights (new!)
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8pm on WGBH 2/HD
President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert event in honor of Black History Month. Artists include Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will serve as emcees
Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9pm on WGBH 2/HD
An A-list cast of comedians — including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — salutes Bill
Cosby, the 12th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Taped at the Kennedy Center ceremony, the program includes clips of Cosby‘s career highlights: from his role on ―I Spy‖ to the two comedy series bearing his name.
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:30pm on WGBH 2/HD
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 10:30pm on WGBH 44
Young Lincoln examines how the joys and trials of Abraham Lincoln‘s boyhood years formed his personality, shaped his early political notions and molded his character. The documentary features several notable historians who share their insight on this little-known chapter in Lincoln‘s life and legacy. The documentary focuses on Lincoln‘s close bonds with his family, and the numerous personal tragedies that he was forced to endure during his formative years. His childhood experiences would shaped his attitudes, molded his character and cast a dark shadow of depression that would remain deeply ingrained in him throughout his life.
African American Lives 2
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World (Part 1)
Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World (Part 2)
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, college administrator Kathleen Henderson, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, radio host Tom Joyner, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, comedian Chris Rock and rock ‗n‘ roll legend Tina Turner on a journey to discover their ancestry in African American Lives 2. The four-part series
draws on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineages of the participants down through U.S. history and back to Africa. [Note: Parts 3 and 4 will air in March]
Looking for Lincoln
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 8pm on WGBH 2/HD (Part 1)
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 8pm on WGBH 2/HD (Part 2)
Looking For Lincoln dissects the myths that have grown up around Abraham Lincoln. In doing so, the program addresses outstanding questions — about race, equality, religion
and depression — by carefully interpreting the evidence provided by people who actually knew him. Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts.
Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 7pm on WGBH World
This program is an unabashedly spiritual take on the Selma, Alabama, voting rights marches of 1965 from some of its unsung foot soldiers – Catholic nuns. Following the
violence of ―Bloody Sunday,‖ sisters from around the country answered Dr. Martin Luther King‘s call to join the protests in Selma. Never before in American history had avowed Catholic women made so public a political statement. Risking personal safety to bring change, the sisters found themselves being changed in turn – and they tell viewers how.
Selma blacks testify about the importance of Catholic clergy in their lives, and explain why it took until the year 2000 for them to become fully enfranchised. Newfound dramatic archival footage carries much of the story. In 2003, director Jayasri Hart reunited the nuns to let them view themselves and the protests on tape for the first time. Their recorded reactions help narrate the film. Other Selmians, Catholic and Protestant, white and black, give their views on the nuns‘ contributions to history.
An Evening with Smokey Robinson (new!)
Friday, February 26, 2010 at 10pm on WGBH 2/HD
Gwen Ifill talks with Smokey Robinson, giving viewers an insider‘s look at the life and
career of the Motown legend. The program, taped in 2009 before a theater audience at Northwestern University Thorne Auditorium, features former Motown executive and film producer Suzanne de Passe as mistress of ceremonies, with musical tributes from Grammy-nominated artists such as Teena Marie, Howard Hewett and Musiq Soulchild.
Arts & Ideas
―Lady Writes the Blues—The Rose Marie McCoy Story‖
Sunday, February 21, 8pm on 89.7 WGBH
One-hour special profiling octogenarian Rose Marie McCoy, one of the most prolific songwriters of her generation (one-time special)
―Women of the Harlem Renaissance‖
Sunday, February 21, 9pm on 89.7 WGBH
One-hour special celebrating a largely unsung group of black women who were a driving force in the Harlem Renaissance (one-time special)
“Who Is This Man? A State of the Re: Union Black History Month Special‖
Sunday, February 28, 8pm on 89.7 WGBH
MLK Jr.‘s ―I have a Dream‖ speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights
Movement – but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man who has largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin. ―Who Is This Man?‖ explores the life and
legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.
―Race and the Space Race‖
Sunday, February 28, 9pm on 89.7 WGBH
Produced by Richard Paul with Soundprint and narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space, ―Race and the Space Race‖ tells the unlikely story of
civil rights and the space program.
Classical Music with Laura Carlo
Monday-Friday, 5-9am on 99.5 All Classical
Performers and conductors Andre Watts, Awadagin Pratt, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, James DePriest, and composers William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Joseph Chevalier Saint-Georges, George Walker – just a few of the names whose works
classical music host Laura Carlo will feature throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
Forum Network‘s African American Culture Series includes, but is not limited to, lectures curated around the following topics/series. For more information visit forum-
; Slavery and the making of America Series
; Civil Rights Movement Series
; Abolition and Garrison Bicentennial Series
; Ken Burns/ Jazz Series – History of Jazz, Jazz and Modern Africa,
Bits and Bites from Hip Hop life
; Ken Burns Unforgivable Blackness Series
; African Meeting House Bicentennial Series
; Black Writers
; Race and Sports/Baseball
; Obama Presidential Election
; Struggle for Freedom – slavery, justice, South Africa, America
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winning PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children‘s series. WGBH‘s television channels include WGBH 2/HD and 44, and digital channels World and Create. Local TV productions that focus on the region‘s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and María Hinojosa: One-on-
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