Black History Month - 2014

In commemoration of Black History Month and as part of our year-round commitment to provide diverse programming, we have a variety of new shows and online content celebrating the African American experience this February.
POV: American PromisePOV: American Promise
Monday, Feb. 3, at 10pm on CET
“American Promise” spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
American Masters: Alice WalkerAmerican Masters: Alice Walker
Friday, Feb. 7, at 9pm on CET
Monday, Feb. 10, at 8pm on CET Arts
Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues.
Evening with Barry GordyEvening with Berry Gordy
Sat., Feb. 8, at 8pm on CET Arts
Journalist Gwen Ifill interviews entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer, movie director and producer Berry Gordy. Gordy has left an indelible influence on music and films both nationally and internationally. Gordy began in Detroit where he founded Motown Records in 1959 and grew the company into the most successful African American-owned enterprise in the United States.
Independent Lens: Spies of MississippiIndependent Lens: Spies of Mississippi
Monday, Feb. 10, at 10pm on CET
View the story of a secret spy agency formed during the 1950s and 60s by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy and track the commission’s hidden role in important chapters of the Civil Rights Movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the trial of Medgar Evers and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964.
Jazz and the PhilharmonicJazz and the Philharmonic
Friday, Feb. 28, at 9pm on CET
Monday, March 3, at 8pm on CET Arts
This program is a unique, generational and wholly American concert experience that highlights two of the greatest musical art forms the world has ever seen: classical and jazz. With performances by artists such as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Elizabeth Joy Roe, this special emphasizes the works of legendary past composers such as Bach and Mozart with these contemporary artists.
Becoming an ArtistBecoming an Artist
Friday, Feb. 28, at 10:30pm on CET
Monday, March 3, at 9:30pm on CET Arts
Enjoy an inspiring tribute to the power of mentoring and the vital role it plays in passing on our artistic cultural heritage from one generation to the next. The documentary features acclaimed artists across the disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert Redford, Rosie Perez, Bill T. Jones, Frank Gehry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many more among some of the country’s most talented students.
PBS Black Culture Connection
In addition to the programs we’ll be airing in February, PBS’ Black Culture Connection – an extension of featuring black films, stories and discussions across PBS – will have more than 30 Black History Month-themed programs available for streaming all month. Here’s a sample of the programs available online:
  • The African Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • The March
  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Independent Lens – Daisy Bates, Black Power Mixtape, Soul Food Junkies
  • Memories of the March
  • Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (American Masters)
  • Cab Calloway: Sketches (American Masters)
  • Dreams of Obama (Frontline)
  • Endgame: AIDS in Black America (Frontline)
  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Freedom Riders (American Experience) 
  • Interrupters (Frontline)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A-Comin’ (American Masters)
  • Jesse Owens (American Experience)
  • Not in Our Town: Class Actions 
  • Slavery by Another Name
  • Too Important to Fail (Tavis Smiley)
  • Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (American Masters)
  • James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (American Masters)
  • POV – Black Male Achievement documentary special series: Teaching Fatherhood, The Jazz Ticket, The Algebra Ceiling
The PBS Black Culture Connection can be found online here: