Skip to main content

Black History Month 2011

GPB Celebrates Black History Month!

GPB's 2010 Black History Month Programming

Television Specials | Radio Specials

Television Programming

Faces of America: "Making America"
Sunday, 2/6, 1pm

Learn about how land came to define the settling and identity of America, and of how the guests' ancestors were part of this history.

Faces of America: "Know Thyself"
Sunday, 2/13, 1pm

"Know Thyself" takes up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of "the family of man.

Radio Programming

Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7:00pm

Say It Loud traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. The documentary illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

State of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00pm

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America's civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. While the history of civil rights activists has been well documented in radio and television, the stories and strategies of their white opponents are more hidden. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, State of Siege brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today.

Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:00pm

American RadioWorks presents a new documentary about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were weakened or nearly destroyed by highways built in the 1960s. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail. This program visits communities across America to find out why people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs
Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:00pm

A man tapes the history of his town with a scavenged cassette recorder, a woman fights for social justice with a pie, a DJ ignites his community with a sound. Join us for this richly produced and deeply layered hour long special that resonates for Black History Month, or any month. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson) and Roman Mars.