Black History Month 2019

Black History Month

Documentaries and special programs 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.

Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americana
Monday, February 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Antiques Roadshow honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African-American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Independent Lens: Black Memorabilia
Monday, February 4 at 10:00 p.m.
From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. & Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m.
In his four-hour series, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state

Live from Lincoln Center: Pipeline 
Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center Theater’s acclaimed production of Dominique Morisseau's riveting new play follows Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher who is desperate to give her son opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?

Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Monday, February 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize: Smokey Robinson
Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy an all-star tribute to Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

American Masters: Fats Domino
Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 p.m.
With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, Fats Domino became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, of rock ‘n’ roll, a revolutionary genre that united young black and white audiences.

American Masters: Charley Pride: I’m Just Me
Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.

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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. Tuesday, February 5 on Nine World.

Tell Them We Are Rising - Trailer
Independent Lens

Tell Them We Are Rising - Trailer

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

Winnie - Trailer
Independent Lens

Winnie - Trailer

One of the more misunderstood and intriguing contemporary female political figures, Winnie Mandela's rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy.

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Tune in all month long on Nine World!

Check our TV Schedule for tune in times and the latest programming information.

• Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement – Friday, February 1

• George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life – Friday, February 1

• Finding Your Roots: In Search of Freedom – Saturday, February 2

• Jazz Ambassadors – Saturday, February 2

• We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told – Saturday, February 2

• America ReFramed: Detroit 48202 – Saturday, February 2

• Grooming a Generation – Saturday, February 2

• Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution—Independent Lens – Sunday, February 3

• Reel South: Shake ‘Em on Down—The Blues According to Fred McDowell – Monday, February 4

• AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—The Faces We Lost – Monday, February 4

• Colored Frames – Tuesday, February 5

• America ReFramed: 70 Acres in Chicago – Tuesday, February 5

• Independent Lens: A Ballerina’s Tale – Tuesday, February 5

• The Education of Harvey Gantt – Wednesday, February 6

• Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising—The Story of Black Colleges and Universities – Wednesday, February 6

• Independent Lens: Black Memorabilia – Wednesday, February 6

• Black Women in Medicine – Thursday, February 7

• Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP – Friday, February 8

• Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story – Friday, February 8

• Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story – Friday, February 8

• Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions – Saturday, February 9

• Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound – Saturday, February 9

• Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street – Saturday, February 9

• America ReFramed: Baddddd Sonia Sanchez

• Finding Your Roots: Freedom Tales – Sunday, February 10

• P.O.V.: Whose Streets? – Sunday, February 10

• Graceful Voice – Sunday, February 10

• Take on America with OZY: Black Men in Baltimore – Monday, February 11

• AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—While I Breathe, I Hope – Monday, February 11

• In Tune: The Ben Tucker Story – Tuesday, February 12

• America ReFramed: Milwaukee 53206 – Tuesday, February 12

• John Lewis: Get in the Way – Tuesday, February 12

• P.O.V.: Quest – Wednesday, February 13

• Independent Lens: Hale County This Morning This Evening – Wednesday, February 13

• Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution – Thursday, February 14

• 1964: The Fight for a Right – Friday, February 15

• Finding Your Roots: The Vanguard – Saturday, February 16

• P.O.V.: Presenting Princess Shaw – Sunday, February 17

• Reel South: Soul City – Sunday, February 17

• In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali – Monday, February 18

• AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—Shorts Program – Monday, February 18

• Slavery By Another Name – Tuesday, February 19

• America ReFramed: Struggle & Hope – Tuesday, February 19

• Talking Black in America – Wednesday, February 20

• Finding Your Roots: Black Like Me – Saturday, February 23

• Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters – Saturday, February 23

• Charley Pride: American Masters – Sunday, February 24

• Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up – Monday, February 25

• The Talk: Race in America – Monday, February 25

• Local USA: ’63 Boycott -  Monday, February 25

• Our American Family: The Clarks – Tuesday, February 26

• Independent Lens: Winnie – Tuesday, February 26

• America ReFramed: Late Blossom Blues – Tuesday, February 26

• Independent Lens: True Conviction – Wednesday, February 27