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.

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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
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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

Ruby Ridge | American Experience

Feb 3, 2017
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Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement. WATCH NOW

Accidental Courtesy | Independent Lens

Feb 3, 2017
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Meet an African American musician out to challenge racism by befriending members of the KKK. WATCH NOW

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WKAR marks Black History Month 2017 with a series of new and archival interviews with Michigan history makers. The story collection starts on the campus of MSU in a conversation with past University President Clifton R. Wharton and WKAR's Mark Bashore.

 


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