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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.

Black History Month

KET celebrates Black History Month with new programs

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Watch Slavery by Another Name 30 second promo on PBS. See more from Slavery by Another Name.

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, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. 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. Slavery By Another Name airs Monday, Feb. 13 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

Freedom Riders: American Experience chronicles the journey that more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives to take in 1961 to simply travel together on buses and trains in the Deep South. The documentary, which premiered in May 2011, is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Freedom Riders: American Experience re-airs Monday, Feb. 6 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

Independent Lens features several films during the month. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, which tells the story of her public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., airs Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10/9 pm CT on KET2. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African-American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975, airs Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10/9 pm CT on KET2.

More Than A Month, which features African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s cross-country campaign to end Black History Month, airs Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10/9 pm CT on KET2. This Independent Lens production is also the Community Cinema feature for February. The screening, free in Lexington and Louisville, is Thursday, Feb. 16. Click here for times and locations.

Click here for the complete list of month-long Black History Month programming.

Haiti One Year Later

Nova, Frontline, and Independent Lens offer perspectives on Haiti

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

As the one year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake approaches, Nova, Frontline, and Independent Lens explore the quake and its aftermath.

Tonight at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET, Nova presents “Deadliest Earthquake,” following teams of scientists in Haiti and Chile as they try to gather data to aid in preventing future disasters.

Then, Frontline examines the “Battle for Haiti” at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2. In the chaos of the earthquake, thousands of the country’s worst criminals seized the opportunity to stage a mass escape from the National Penitentiary. Now, the gang leaders are reasserting control in the capital, and Frontline investigates the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation.

Finally, at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET2, Independent Lens introduces “Children of Haiti.” More than 500,000 Haitian orphans wander the streets day and night. This film follows three teenage boys who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance.


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