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What to Watch During Black History Month on KCTS 9

We're honoring Black History Month this February with special programs, television episodes and documentaries.

January 24, 2019

We're airing special Black History Month programs all February long. Brand new episodes of KCTS 9 shows and new documentaries will showcase black history, trailblazers and issues facing African-Americans. We’ll also rebroadcast some of our favorite programs from Black History Months past. So, here’s what to watch during Black History Month on KCTS 9.

Africa’s Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. Africa’s Great Civilizations showcases years of history, art, writing and civilization itself. This rebroadcast of the series begins Saturday, February 2, at 2:30 p.m., with encore presentations and continuing episodes airing throughout the month of February. Check episode listings here.

Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana

This special encore episode of Antiques Roadshow created for Black History Month airs Monday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: Freedom Tales

In this Black History Month episode of Finding Your Roots, 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. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history. This special episode airs Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. and will repeat throughout the month. Check episode listings here.

Live From Lincoln Center: Pipeline

In Dominique Morisseau’s groundbreaking drama, Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When an incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Pipeline on Live From Lincoln Center airs Friday, February 8, at 9:00 p.m.

Independent Lens: Black Memorabilia

This Independent Lens documentary introduces audiences to people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia. The film explores these racially charged objects, discusses the aspects of historical preservation and showcases the controversy of the items themselves. Black Memorabilia airs Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 p.m.

Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments from the life of a small Alabama community, this Independent Lens film offers an emotive impression of the historic South – both its beauty and its legacy of racial exploitation. Hale County This Morning, This Evening airs Saturday, February 16, at 11:00 p.m.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters

Sammy Davis, Jr.’s performing career was legendary, yet his life was complex and contradictory. He frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America. This documentary features excerpts from Davis’ electric performances in television, film and concerts, as well as new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Whoopi Goldberg and others. Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters premieres Tuesday, February 19, at 9:00 p.m.

Charley Pride: American Masters

Explore the history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. His greatest musical success came in the 1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. Raised in segregated Mississippi, Pride’s journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Charley Pride: American Masters premieres Friday, February 22, at 9:00 p.m.

Maya Angelou: American Masters

Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. This American Masters documentary features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton and more. Our rebroadcast of Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Saturday, February 23, at 3:30 p.m. and will repeat. Check listings here.

Roads to Memphis: American Experience

This film recounts the fatefully entwined stories of assassin James Earl Ray and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on the book by Hampton Sides, the film relies on eyewitness testimony from King’s inner circle, as well as from the officials involved in Ray’s capture and prosecution. This rebroadcast of the American Experience film airs Tuesday, February 26, at 9:00 p.m.


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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