Black History Month on Nine PBS

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Maya Angelou

Documentaries and special programs this month commemorate the contributions and culture of African-Americans. View features, video previews and more on our Black History Month 2017 page.

February 6, 10:00 p.m.
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement

The battle against D.W. Griffith's notorious 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation.

February 11, 8:00 p.m.
Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize

An all-star tribute to the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

February 12, 10:30 p.m.
Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African- American woman elected Secretary of State.

February 13, 10:00 p.m.
Independent Lens: Accidental Courtesy

Musician Daryl Davis meets and befriends members of the KKK.

February 20, 9:00 p.m.
The Talk - Race in America

How parents of color talk with their children about behavior around the police.

February 21, 7:00 p.m.
American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Enjoy moments of her exuberant life during some of America's most defining moments.

February 27, 9:00 p.m.
February 28, 10:00 p.m.
​March 1, 9:00 p.m.

Africa's Great Civilizations
This three-part series delves into the great civilizations that once flourished.