It’s February, and have we got some great ways to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy these fascinating films and exciting educational resources all month long.
Watch Spotlight on Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr. on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.
Catch our premiere broadcast about a forgotten civil rights hero
Civil rights leader Whitney Young, Jr. has no national holiday bearing his name. You won’t find him in most history books. In fact, few today know his name, much less his accomplishments. But he was at the heart of the civil rights movement – an inside man who broke down the barriers that held back African Americans. Be sure to catch the Independent Lens film premiere of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).
Find out what type of civil rights leader you are
Many different types of people and personalities contributed to the success of the Civil Rights Movement. What role would you have played. Which civil rights leader would you have been? Take this quiz to find out!
Check out some of our riveting films about the Black American experience
Through the years, Independent Lens has broadcast dozens of films about African Americans. You can find information about all of them in this directory. You’ll even be able to watch some of the films online.
Watch a movie every day of Black History Month
More than 30 shows and films about black history and culture are available on pbs.org. Start browsing this A-Z list on Black Culture Connection, grab some popcorn, and you can celebrate every day during February — and beyond!
Visit a special screening room
Every week during the month of February, the Black Culture Connection on pbs.org will release an Independent Lens film at its Black History Month screening room. One of the films, More Than a Month, challenges the very idea of Black History Month. You won’t want to miss these documentaries.
Learn all about it!
Here are some fun, engaging educational resources from Community Classroom.
More Than A Map(p)
This free iPhone and iPod app allows users to locate, experience, and contribute to African American history through an interactive map. Designed to show that this aspect of American history exists all around us, even in months outside of February, the application highlights relevant locations in your area and gives you the ability to upload your own. It’s a perfect accompaniment to our film, More Than a Month, which will have an encore presentation at the Black Culture Connection screening room from Feb. 25 to March 3. You can also download a curriculum companion for the app and the film.
African American Women’s History Curriculum
This free curriculum educates students about unknown African American women who have changed history. Among them: Daisy Bates, who led the campaign to integrate schools in Little Rock.
In Copyright Criminals, students explore the rise of hip-hop music from the streets of New York to a multibillion-dollar industry, while debating issues of copyright law with hip-hop greats such as Public Enemy, De La Soul, and George Clinton.