Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, ThinkTV has scheduled a variety of programs to enrich viewers' understanding of African-American history and culture. As part of our commitment to provide diverse programming and resources for all Americans year-round, we'll be offering from popular titles alongside with encore programming and online streaming opportunities.

Black History Month Programs:

Genealogy Roadshow: New Orleans – Board of TradeGenealogy Roadshow: New Orleans – Board of Trade

8pm Tuesday, Feb. 3, on ThinkTV16

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade. A local man seeks to recover essential history washed away in Hurricane Katrina; a woman discovers she has links to both sides of the Civil War; another unravels the mystery behind her grandfather’s adoption; and one man explores a link to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

Shakespeare Uncovered: The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman Shakespeare Uncovered: The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman

3pm Sunday, Feb. 8, on ThinkTV16

In 1990, Morgan Freeman famously starred in a Wild West version of The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park in New York. Here he sets out to understand how and why the play, one of the Bard’s first works, was written.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Othello with David Harewood Shakespeare Uncovered: Othello with David Harewood

4pm Sunday, Feb. 8, on ThinkTV16

In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play.

Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana

10pm Monday, Feb. 9, on ThinkTV16

Antiques Roadshow honors Black History Month with this new special that features items seen together for the first time. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; and an African-American beauty book written by Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire.

Genealogy Roadshow: St. Louis – Union StationGenealogy Roadshow: St. Louis – Union Station

8pm Tuesday, Feb. 10, on ThinkTV16

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from across Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner Party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty and more.

Stand! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights MovementStand! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

11pm Sunday, Feb. 10, on ThinkTV16

This program chronicles the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), selecting Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous 'Project C' (Project Confrontation) in 1963.

Genealogy Roadshow: Philadelphia – Historical Society of PennsylvaniaGenealogy Roadshow: Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania

8pm Tuesday, Feb. 17, on ThinkTV16

A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws, a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree, a woman learns about slave genealogy and more.

Meet Mary PleasantMeet Mary Pleasant

11pm Sunday, Feb. 17, on ThinkTV16

Meet Mary Pleasant, the 19th-century African American woman born a slave who became an international abolitionist, a prosperous entrepreneur, and a civil-rights activist who helped alter modern-day civil rights law.

Independent Lens – Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a PeopleIndependent Lens – Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

10pm Friday, Feb. 20, on ThinkTV16

This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers - men and women, celebrated and anonymous - who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present.

American Masters: August Wilson – The Ground on Which I StandAmerican Masters: August Wilson – The Ground on Which I Stand

3:30pm Sunday, Feb. 22, on ThinkTV16

Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005), the man some call America's Shakespeare, from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.

Independent Lens: American DenialIndependent Lens: American Denial

10pm Friday, Feb. 27, on ThinkTV16

American Denial uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.

 

Free Streaming on The PBS Black Culture Connection

The following is a sample of the more than 30 programs available for online streaming on the BCC in February:

  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Memories of the March
  • Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (American Masters)
  • Cab Calloway: Sketches (American Masters)
  • Dreams of Obama (Frontline)
  • Endgame: AIDS in Black America (Frontline)
  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Freedom Riders (American Experience) 
  • Interrupters (Frontline)
  • Jimi Hendrix—Hear My Train A-Comin’ (American Masters)
  • Jesse Owens (American Experience)
  • “Roots” Special (Pioneers of TV “Miniseries”)
  • Not in Our Town: Class Actions 
  • Slavery by Another Name
  • Too Important to Fail (Tavis Smiley)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (American Masters)
  • Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (American Masters)
  • POV – Black Male Achievement documentary special series: Teaching Fatherhood, The Jazz Ticket, The Algebra Ceiling 
  • The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights (Independent Lens)
  • Spies of Mississippi (Independent Lens)
  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Independent Lens)
  • American Promise (POV)
  • Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
  • The March
  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Daisy Bates, Black Power Mixtape, Soul Food Junkies (Independent Lens)