Black History Month 2018

Black History Month

Documentaries and special programs this month commemorate the contributions and culture of African-Americans.

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Many of these programs will repeat multiple times throughout the month of February. Check our TV Schedule for the latest programming information.

Great Performances: Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop - Friday, February 2, 8 p.m.
Witness the groundbreaking hip-hop artist perform a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a densely textured, lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.

Independent Lens: Winnie - Monday, February 5, 10 p.m.
Explore the life of Winnie Mandela and her struggle to bring down apartheid, with intimate insights from those closest to her and testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - Sunday, February 11, 4 p.m.
In the turbulent 1960s, a new revolutionary culture sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was part of the vanguard of that change. The film explores its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising - Monday, February 19, 8 p.m.
Explore the pivotal role that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

We’ll Meet Again – “Freedom Summer” - Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

American Creed - Tuesday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs—an American creed—can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.

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Featured this Month on Nine World

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
American Masters

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

The first documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson. February 14 on Nine World.

A Ballerina's Tale - Trailer
Independent Lens

A Ballerina's Tale - Trailer

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. February 10 on Nine World.

Accidental Courtesy - Trailer
Independent Lens

Accidental Courtesy - Trailer

Renowned musician Daryl Davis has an unusual, controversial hobby: meeting and befriending members of KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. February 25 on Nine World.

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Tune in all month long on Nine World!

Many of these programs will repeat multiple times throughout the month of February. Check our TV Schedule for the latest programming information.

John Lewis— Get in the Way
Friday, February 2, 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound
Saturday, February 3, 7 p.m.

B.B. King: American Masters
Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m.

America ReFramed: A New Color–The Art of Being Edythe Boone
Saturday, February 3, 9 p.m.

Colored Frames
Saturday, February 3, 10 p.m.

Our American Family: The Clarks
Monday, February 5, 5 p.m.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
Monday, February 5, 6 p.m.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—10 Days in Africa: A Home Movie
Monday, February 5, 7 p.m.

Sweet Dillard
Tuesday, February 6, 5 p.m.

America ReFramed: Gentlemen of Vision (a Nine Network production)
Tuesday, February 6, 7 p.m.

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
Tuesday, February 6, 6 p.m.

Karamu: 100 Years in the House
Tuesday, February 6, 8:30 p.m.

Independent Lens: Through a Lens Darkly
Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m.

Independent Lens: Winnie
Wednesday, February 7, 8:30 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: We Come from People
Saturday, February 10, 4 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: Decoding Our Past
Saturday, February 10, 5 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: In Search of Freedom
Saturday, February 10, 6 p.m.

Independent Lens: A Ballerina’s Tale
Saturday, February 10, 7 p.m.

Black Ballerina
Saturday, February 10, 8 p.m.

POV: Presenting Princess Shaw
Sunday, February 11, 9 p.m.

Graceful Voices
Sunday, February 11, 10:30 p.m.

Independent Lens: Wilhemina’s War
Monday, February 12, 6 p.m.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—Fatal Assistance
Monday, February 12, 7 p.m.

America ReFramed: For Ahkeem
Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m.

American Masters: August Wilson—The Ground on Which I Stand
Wednesday, February 14, 5 p.m.

Black Women in Medicine
Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m.

1964: The Fight for a Right
Friday, February 16, 5 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions
Saturday, February 17, 4 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: The Vanguard
Saturday, February 17, 5 p.m.

Finding Your Roots: Immigrant Nation
Saturday, February 17, 6 p.m.

Maya Angelou: American Masters
Saturday, February 17, 7 p.m.

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution—Independent Lens
Sunday, February 18, 9 p.m.

Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
Monday, February 19, 6 p.m.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—American Ascent
Monday, February 19, 7 p.m.

America ReFramed: Agents of Change
Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Fighting on Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th
Tuesday, February 20, 8:30 p.m.

Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America’s Founding Fathers
Wednesday, February 21, 5 p.m.

Slavery by Another Name
Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Wednesday, February 21 , 7:30 p.m.

Independent Lens: Accidental Courtesy
Sunday, February 25, 9 p.m.

An Unlikely Friendship
Sunday, February 25, 10:30 p.m.

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
Monday, February 26, 6 p.m.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—First Friday
Monday, February 26, 7 p.m.

America ReFramed: Baddddd Sonia Sanchez
Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m.

The Talk: Race in America
Wednesday, February 28, 5 p.m.

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali
Wednesday, February 28, 8 p.m.