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What To Watch: Black History Month Edition

January 31, 2020

By Beatrice Alvarez

February is Black History Month and we choose to honor the contributions and achievements of black Americans by learning more about their stories. At the same time, we are shining a light on new voices and those who are blazing new trails. This month we have dozens of films and shows to learn about past and present change agents. Below are just some of the titles you can stream.

You can always check your local station for air dates in addition to watching online and on the PBS Video App.

Last chance to stream

Independent Lens

Accept the Call

An anguished Minnesota father tries to find out what led his son to attempt to join ISIS.

Mark Twain Prize

Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

Celebrate the work of stand-up comedian and actor, Dave Chappelle.

Streaming this month

Independent Lens

The First Rainbow Coalition

American Masters

B.B. King: The Life of Riley

WPT Documentaries

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

American Masters

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Independent Lens

Tell Them We Are Rising

Iowa PBS Documentaries

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

American Masters

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Trailer

American Experience

Trailer | The Fight | American Experience

John Lewis - Get in the Way

John Lewis - Get in the Way

MPT Presents

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

An Evening with Ken Chenault

An Evening with Ken Chenault

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Sound Field

Where is the Funk? How Prince Created the Minneapolis Sound

Origin of Everything

What is Racial Passing?


Knocking Down the Fences

Say It Loud

What Missy Elliott did for Afrofuturism

Premiering this month

Finding Your Roots
American Masters

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | Full Trailer

Independent Lens

Trailer | Always in Season

Recent Articles

Race and Racism in America

Watch a collection of films and specials that highlight and add context to the many aspects of race and racism in our country.


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