CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH KPTS!

A Closer Look
From historically significant antiques to the exploration of African American lives, new programs from INDEPENDENT LENS and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER will introduce viewers to individuals who take back their communities to preserve and protect their identities.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Black Memorabilia”(Monday, February 4) introduces the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation. LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Pipeline” (Friday,February 8 ) features the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Dominique Morisseau's riveting and critically acclaimed new play that follows Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher who is desperate to give her son opportunities her students will never have.

Icons and Leaders
AMERICAN MASTERS presents a lineup of programs that reflect on the contributions of Black Americans in music and entertainment.

Directed by Sam Pollard, “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Tuesday, February 19)examines the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th-century America. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of shifting political territory. The documentary features new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, and excerpts from Davis’ electric performances. The documentary “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” (Friday, February 22) reveals the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride.

Black History Past to Present

PBS takes viewers on a journey of personal discovery.

The fifth season of the always surprising FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (Jan. 8 – Feb. 26) features a diverse group of actors, authors, politicians, comedians and more who discover their unexpected personal histories. Personalities featured this season include Michael Strahan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kehinde Wiley, Michael K. Williams, Joe Madison and many more highlighted in the 10 new episodes. RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (Tuesdays, April 9,16), executive produced and hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explores the transformative years when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change. And from acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS tells the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.

These programs are available for streaming following their broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org, PBS Black Culture Connection and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members may be able to view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details).
 
Black History Past to Present
PBS takes viewers on a journey of personal discovery.

The fifth season of the always surprising FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (Jan. 8 – Feb. 26) features a diverse group of actors, authors, politicians, comedians and more who discover their unexpected personal histories. Personalities featured this season include Michael Strahan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kehinde Wiley, Michael K. Williams, Joe Madison and many more highlighted in the 10 new episodes.
These programs are available for streaming following their broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org, PBS Black Culture Connection and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members may be able to view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details).

The full Black History Month programming lineup and listings are below:

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., SEASON 5
(Tuesdays, January 8-February 26 CST)
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprisingly ancestral stories of 25 cultural trailblazers with fascinating histories. Featuring Laura Linney, Michael Strahan, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Kehinde Wiley, Tig Notaro, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, S. Epatha Merkerson and more.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Buddy Guy/August Greene”
(Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11 p.m. – midnight CST)
Thrill to an hour of blues and hip-hop with Buddy Guy and August Greene. Blues legend Guy plays hits and songs from his latest album, The Blues is Alive and Well. Hip-hop supergroup August Greene performs songs from its self-titled debut.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Black Memorabilia”
(Monday, February 4, 9 – 10 p.m. CST)
From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation. Directed by Chico Colvard.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Pipeline”
(Friday, February 8, 9 - 10:30 CST)
Meet Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau’s new play. When her son gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever. Co-produced by BroadwayHD.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
(Monday, February 11, 9 – 10:30 p.m. CST)
Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt. Directed by RaMell Ross.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”
(Tuesday, February 19, 8 – 10 p.m. CST)
Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and clips from his TV, film and concert performances. Directed by Sam Pollard.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me”
(Friday, February 22, 9 - 10 p.m. CST)
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Directed by Barbara J. Hall.
Encore Programs
ANTIQUE’S ROADSHOW “Celebrating Black Americana”
(Monday, February 4, 8 – 9 p.m. CST)
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

BREAKING BIG “Danai Gurira”
(Monday, February 11, 3:30 a.m. CST)
Growing up in Zimbabwe, actress Danai Gurira didn’t see many film and television characters who looked like her. By embracing her culture and her differences, she was able to score roles in such smash hits as Black Panther and “The Walking Dead.” She also wrote the Broadway play Eclipsed, which won critical acclaim and a Tony Award. BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson relays Gurira’s quest to blaze a trail for more representations of African women in popular culture.

Other Black History Month Programs on KPTS
Ripples of Hope
(Friday, February 8, noon CST)
Fifty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning for president. We speak with his daughter Kerry Kennedy, whose new book “Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope” pays tribute to his life and legacy.

Juneteenth Jamboree: Soldiers, Cowboys and Indians
(Friday, February 8, 8:30 p.m. CST)
African American opportunities appeared in the frontier west after the Civil War. Black cowboys permeated the land. Buffalo soldiers were recruited to take up the Indian Wars. And a Black Seminole tribe chose freedom over oppression.

Graceful Voices
(Friday, February 15, 8:30 p.m. CST)
This film shares the life experiences of Bahamian and African American women who remind us that behind the grand gates of Coral Gables are families whose skill and craftsmanship helped build this exclusive neighborhood. While sections of this community are in the National Register of Historic Places, the architecture is only a chapter in the narrative of this amazing group of individuals.

An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition
(Monday, February 18, 9:30 p.m. CST)
Is a film about "the other tradition" in American race relations, the tradition of amity and close cross-racial collaboration to advance equity and social justice.

The Dockum Sit-in: A Legacy of Courage
(Friday, February 22, noon. CST)
In the summer of 1958, two dozen young people from the Wichita Branch NAACP Youth Council staged what would become the first successful student-led sit-in of the Civil Rights movement.

Brown v. Board of Education – The Mural
(Friday, February 22, 8:30 p.m. CST)
Decades after the fact, the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case is recognized in a spectacular mural in the Kansas state capitol building. Discover how this amazing artwork came to be after several setbacks and challenges, and how people of all political stripes rallied together to make it a reality. The mural will serve as a vital education tool for generations for come about the lessons and struggles of racial segregation.

Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
(Sunday, February 24, 6 p.m. CST)
This documentary explores the extraordinary life of a man who, in his heart, was a poet and “mystic.” In 1935, Howard Thurman made a publicized trip to India and became the first Black man invited to counsel with Mahatma Gandhi.