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Celebrate Black History Month 2021

What to Watch February 2021 - Celebrate Black History Month

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.

Voice of Freedom | Premiering Feb. 15 on American Experience

Learn the story of Marian Anderson, whose singing talent was lauded around the world yet faced racism-fueled barriers to success.

The Black Church | Premiering Feb. 16 & 17

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.

Mr. SOUL! | Premiering Feb. 22 on Independent Lens

Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

A critically-acclaimed documentary about the first all-Black variety show on public television that featured the charismatic host Ellis Haizlip.

American Masters

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Dr. Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle.

American Experience

Freedom Riders

The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.

A Century of Change

A Century of Change | Negro League Centennial Celebration

More than just the game of baseball, the Negro League changed our country.

MPT Presents

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Howard Thurman helped ignite social change through non-violence and spirituality.

American Masters

Aviator Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman aviator.

She Inspires

Edmonia Lewis

Learn about internationally recognized sculptor & Rensselaer County native, Edmonia Lewis.


Forgotten Genius

The story of how African-American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.

Independent Lens

The First Rainbow Coalition

Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.

WORLD Channel

The True Story of Madam C.J. Walker | TWO DOLLARS AND A DREA

American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Discover how the advent of the car brought African Americans new freedom but also dangers.

She Inspires

She Inspires | Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm, educator and trailblazing politician, was born in Brooklyn in 1924.

Lost LA

Paul Revere Williams

Pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams' contributions to Los Angeles.

American Experience

Goin' Back to T-Town

A thriving Black community in Tulsa, rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.

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.

Violence Against Asian Americans

If you are hurting, needing comfort or are curious to learn, videos are available for streaming. Additionally, resources to learn how to fight violence against Asian Americans are available.


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