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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.

The Art of Understanding

Chenoweth Allen gives students a window to themselves

American Graduate Champions commit their time, skills, and resources to ensure young people succeed, playing active roles in improving educational outcomes for students — and creating positive environments daily for youth in their communities.

As part of the American Graduate initiative, KET is recognizing Kentuckians who are champions of education in our communities. This month we salute Chenoweth Allen, who works to ensure the educational success of individuals in a variety of important settings.

When Chenoweth Allen was in college, she majored in art history — and then went on to a career in volunteerism, and as a stay-at-home mom. But when she returned to school, it was to pursue a career in art therapy — one which allows her to further her interest in psychology and use her art background to help people make changes in their lives.

“My job is to help people best express themselves through using art,” said Allen, whose caring demeanor and open smile invite her students’ trust.

“Different media have various therapeutic benefits,” she continued. “Pounding clay or working with finger paints is a good way to release energy whereas working with collage — or actually sculpting with the clay to create a symbol — you’re going to have a different therapeutic growth or healing.”

Allen divides her time among three institutions in Louisville: the Family Scholar House, whose four locations provide housing and support services for single parents pursuing four-year college degrees; the West End School, a public boarding school for boys from disadvantaged backgrounds; and Kentucky Refugees Ministries, which provides help and support for new arrivals to this country.

“One of the things that’s really cool about working at the Family Scholar House is the adult women I work with. They are really motivated to change, to break the cycle they have been in,” she said.

“They are wonderful to work with in art therapy because they want to know about themselves, they want to recognize all they have overcome to get where they are.”

There are three ways an art therapist helps people achieve such growth, Allen explains: through the process itself of making art, through the product that they create, and through participation in the creative process.

“That’s the verbal dialogue about the art,” she said. “Participation is that deeper questioning, or in groups, how they participate with each other. And what’s very cool is that it can be any one of those parts at any given time. Some days it might not be at all about the end product.”

Part of my role is to help them navigate those weekly adjustments between home and school, and to really figure out a sense of who they are.

— Chenoweth Allen, art therapist

When working with rambunctious adolescents at the West End School, Allen also finds that putting them to work in a medium as exciting as shaving cream can have a lot of benefits in releasing energy and frustration. And if they’re having a difficult time in the classroom, a piece of art they’re proud of can give them the confidence to boost their academic achievement as well.

“What I love about West End School is that these are really outstanding young men who may not have had opportunities that other kids would have had. Part of my role is to help them navigate those weekly adjustments between home and school, and to really figure out a sense of who they are.

“It’s about building a success identity and helping them express themselves. This particular group of boys I’ve found has really high expectations of themselves and because of that, they get really frustrated really easily. So helping them with art is a way of helping them through that.”

Underlying all her work is the message that betterment of self is possible and can be realized through art. In the case of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the immediate barriers of language and socialization could stop immigrants in their tracks, but Allen is able to provide a safe place for them to grow in ways as simple as practicing their new language or remembering and grieving for the country they left behind.

In each of these institutions where Allen brings art and hope, her goal is the same: to open each person’s eyes to the person Allen sees, who speaks to her through their art.

“I can see possibilities through their art and through their conversation that they are not yet able to see. And then, as we work together, they are,” she said.

“By recognizing themselves as survivors, recognizing their strengths, they are able to change their paths. And the way that happens is that they see it in the art — and then they are able to see it in themselves. Their creations are what is healing.”

26 Emmy nominations for KET!

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 26 Regional Emmy Awards.

Kentucky Life, KET’s weekly magazine program covering the history, people and places that make the Commonwealth unique, received four Regional Emmy Award nominations. The series, produced by Brandon Wickey, recently completed its 20th season on KET.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by our industry peers through these Regional Emmy Award nominations,” said  Shae Hopkins, KET executive director.

“These nominations are a testament to the high quality and creativity of KET’s individual and team efforts in bringing the best programming to our viewers – and to public media’s critical role in bringing engaging, educational programming into homes, classrooms, and communities throughout Kentucky.”

Kentucky Life: Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center

Winning Kentucky Life segments featured the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, produced by Matthew Grimm; the Andrew Jackson Duel, and the Simpsonville Massacre, produced by Paul Smith.

Photographer Mike Benton was nominated in the Photographer-Program Category for his work on both KET’s Kentucky Life and Beloved Productions’ The Local Traveler, which airs on other media outlets.

KET’s long-running, weekly current events news program for fourth through eighth graders, News Quiz, received two nominations.

Safe and Sound

Also nominated was KET’s special report Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World, produced by Laura Krueger. It explores the importance of social and emotional development in a child’s first years of life.

KET producer Tom Thurman received nominations for his independent documentary on Gatewood Galbraith, which aired on KET, and the Kentucky Muse documentaries Appalatinand Actors Theatre of Louisville.”

Kentucky Muse: Appalatin

The documentary A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects received two nominations for Barry Bernson for writing and hosting. 

Amy Hess, host of KET’s Kentucky Collectibles and Kentucky Life contributing producer was nominated for her work as program host.

In addition to the above KET productions, the following programs that air or aired on KET were nominated for Regional Emmy Awards:

• kNOwMORE Nonprofits “Surgery on Sunday,” Prosper Media Group, Inc., produced by Kyle Lake; Kentucky Afield; kNOwMORE; Unbridled Vines: Kentucky’s Finest; Ecosense for Living “Food Fight;” backSTORY;  Tim Farmer, Farmer’s Country Kitchen; Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife; and Bluegrass & Backroads received five nominations.

The Emmy winners, given by the the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be announced July 25 in Lexington. 


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