Black History Month

PBS and WKAR are proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round!  

In 2017, we're bringing you a new lineup of films and stories AND turning a lens on you to celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you.

Dr. Maya Angelou
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Journey through the prolific life of the 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' author and activist. WATCH NOW

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Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell has long made his mark by making people laugh while addressing serious matters of race. His most recent TV project is “United Shades of America” on CNN.


Africa's Great Civilizations

Feb 27, 2017
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in  Meroë in Sudan desert
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Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1| Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.

Ozay Moore, Mikeyy Austin, and Sareem Poems standing together
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Some new things are happening in Reo Town.

Lansing rapper Mikeyy Austin is one of the minds behind Reo Town Sessions, a monthly event that highlights local artists and connects them to the community.


Image courtesy of Mark Rucker

During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


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Throughout Michigan's history, the state's African American population is often portrayed as an urban population... but that depiction overlooks a part of Michigan’s history.

 


 

YouTube - Black Violin

During Black History Month, WKAR will be exploring issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

They meld two seemingly diverse musical styles: classical music and hip hop. Meet one of the members of Black Violin, the string duo coming to the Wharton Center this Friday Night.


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Sandra Clark is director of the Michigan Historical Society.  She met in 2016 to speak with Peter Whorf about the Michigan 102nd Regiment. Their conversation is part of WKAR's Black History Month series.


John Lewis: Get in the Way

Feb 13, 2017
Courtesy of The Tennessean John Lewis and police in Nashville, 1961. / PBS

A profile of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a key figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. WATCH NOW

Smokey Robinson | The Library of Congress

Feb 10, 2017
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Fri. Feb. 10 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Enjoy an all-star tribute to Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. 

Black Ballerina

Feb 10, 2017
Janet Collins - ballerina
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Black Ballerina tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. WATCH NOW

Jonathan Capehart photo
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Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


Birth of a Movement | Independent Lens

Feb 7, 2017
Courtesy of The Tennessean John Lewis and police in Nashville, 1961. / PBS

Learn how Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation sparked a dialogue on racism that continues today. WATCH NOW 

Economist Lisa Cook shares insights on the historical impact of oppression on innovation, particularly on African American inventors.

The Talk | Race in America

Feb 3, 2017
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Learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police. WATCH NOW

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