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February 1, 2021
By Beatrice Alvarez
Black History Month is here and we are thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. Here are previews of films premiering this month on PBS, as well as a dozen films you can stream to celebrate Black history.
Make sure you also visit our feature: 28 Black History Makers in 28 Days to learn more about the lasting contributions of this group of 28 incredible individuals.
Learn the story of Marian Anderson, whose singing talent was lauded around the world yet faced racism-fueled barriers to success.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes us into the 400-year history of the Black church in America. We couldn't ask for a better guide.
A critically-acclaimed documentary about the first all-Black variety show on public television that featured the charismatic host Ellis Haizlip.
Dr. Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations.
Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle.
The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.
More than just the game of baseball, the Negro League changed our country.
Howard Thurman helped ignite social change through non-violence and spirituality.
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman aviator.
Learn about internationally recognized sculptor & Rensselaer County native, Edmonia Lewis.
The story of how African-American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.
Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.
Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
Discover how the advent of the car brought African Americans new freedom but also dangers.
Shirley Chisholm, educator and trailblazing politician, was born in Brooklyn in 1924.
Pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams' contributions to Los Angeles.
A thriving Black community in Tulsa, rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.
Learn more about cultural appropriation (or is it appreciation?) before you finalize this year's Halloween costume.
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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