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Explore African American history

Programs recognize the achievements of black Americans

Learning comes to life on KET during Black History Month, or National African American History Month. The annual celebration of achievements by black Americans recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. history; learn more by tuning in to these programs in February.

African American Museum
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 5 • 10/9 pm

Go inside this remarkable new Smithsonian museum to see items from its collection — like Michael Jackson’s performance wear and James Baldwin’s passport — and learn about the building itself, with its design invoking the craft of cast iron created by black craftspeople and wooden Nigerian sculptures.

The Girls in the Band
KET Monday, Feb. 6 • 9/8 pm
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 12 • 8/7 pm

Learn the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them.

Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
KET Monday, Feb. 6 • 10/9 pm

Learn how D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others.

The Talk: Race in America
KET Monday, Feb. 20 • 9/8 pm

In the wake of tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, an increasingly necessary conversation is taking place among black and Latino families as parents counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Called “The Talk,” it contains phrases like “always answer ‘yes sir, no sir,’ “never talk back” — and “If you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue…”

The Mayor: The Age of Riley
KET2: Monday, Feb. 20 • 10/9 pm

For 40 years, Charleston’s mayor worked for equality. Then, in the final months of his service, he faced his worst nightmare: the tragic massacre of nine African Americans by a young white supremacist in the oldest African Methodist Episcopalian church in America.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
KET Tuesday, Feb. 21 • 8/7 pm
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 26 • 9/8 pm

This American Masters documentary is the first about the incomparable author (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

Black Guides of Mammoth Cave
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 26 • 8/7 pm

The story of a generation of African American guides who first discovered and then created their livelihoods around Mammoth Cave.

Africa’s Great Civilizations
KET Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 27-March 1 • 9/8 pm

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels throughout the vast continent of Africa to discover the true majesty of its greatest civilizations and kingdoms. Traversing the dawn of mankind to the dawn of the 20th century, the series is a universal and personal journey that explores culture and art

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
KET2: Monday, Feb. 27 • 10/9 pm

Rare archival film and extraordinary interviews are used to chart Marshall’s life (1908-1993) in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

Slavery By Another Name

Explore the little-known story of post-Emancipation era

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Throughout February, KET will broadcast special programming to celebrate Black History Month and the rich heritage and cultural contributions of African Americans. Highlighting this year’s programming is Slavery By Another Name, which airs Monday, Feb. 13 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

Slavery By Another Name is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal senior writer Douglas A. Blackmon. A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, the program explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century.

Blackmon examines the concept of “neoslavery,” which sentenced African-Americans to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.


KET offers special programming for Black History Month

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

Throughout February, KET presents programming celebrating Black History Month, from military history to concert specials.

First, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots looks at the largely untold history of African-American participation in America’s armed forces, from the earliest days of the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan. Introduced by General Colin Powell and hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, historical texts, and military records to document and acknowledge the profound sacrifices of African-American service men and women. It airs Wednesdays, Feb. 2 and 9, at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2.

Then, Gospel Meets Symphony: Let Freedom Ring! offers a unique and uplifting concert experience. The Akron Symphony Orchestra and a 200-voice choir blend two time-honored musical genres — soul-stirring gospel and classical melodies. Maestro Christopher Wilkins leads the combined orchestra and choir from more than 50 churches in performances from Verdi’s “Nabucco” to “When I Rose This Morning” and “Ride on King Jesus.” The concert airs Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2.

Next, from slave cabins on the plantation, through the minstrel era, into Appalachia and eventually into the hands of Pete Seeger, Sojourn of the Strings traces the evolution of the banjo Monday, Feb. 28 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET.

And, In Performance at the White House “Motown 50th Anniversary Celebration” premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 8/7 pm CT on KET. The East Room of the White House will be the setting for this all-star tribute to the legendary Motown sound as President and Mrs. Obama host musical stars from the label’s golden age as well as young performers influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy. The Motown record label launched a historic cultural shift, wtih cross-over hits and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, and many others.

Finally, stay tuned to weekly KET productions Kentucky Life, Louisville Life, Connections with Renee Shaw, and One to One with Bill Goodman for highlights celebrating Black History Month.

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