PBS Honors the Legacy of Black History Month

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SAY IT LOUD, A New PBS Digital Studios Series, Celebrates Black Culture and Achievements.

Coming in February to YouTube and Facebook Watch, SAY IT LOUD is a new PBS Digital Studios series hosted by YouTube sensations Evelyn Ngugi of “Evelyn from the Internets” and Azie Dungey, Emmy-nominated writer and creator of “Ask a Slave.” Part cultural critique, part talk show and part history lesson, SAY IT LOUD will explore Black American culture and its impact on broader communities and trends.

See a first look at the show here

New Documentaries from INDEPENDENT LENS and AMERICAN MASTERS Delve Deep into African American Experiences.

Also coming in February and continuing into the spring, PBS will offer new documentaries and encore programming to spotlight those who have made significant contributions to America. From INDEPENDENT LENS documentaries exploring the various experiences of Black Americans, to AMERICAN MASTERS programs that highlight famous artists who achieved success over prejudice and injustice, to historical programs from Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Stanley Nelson, viewers will gain a deeper understanding of African American history and culture.

Most of these programs are available for streaming following their broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org, PBS Black Culture Connection and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members may be able to view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details).

Full Black History Month programming lineup:


Tuesdays, January 8-February 26; April 2 and 9, 7pm

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprisingly ancestral stories of 25 cultural trailblazers with fascinating and unexpected personal histories. Personalities featured this season include Michael Strahan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kehinde Wiley, Michael K. Williams, Joe Madison and many more highlighted in the 10 new episodes.

Passport: Begins Feb 6, 2019

INDEPENDENT LENS “Black Memorabilia”

Monday, February 4, 9pm

From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation. Directed by Chico Colvard.


Friday, February 8, 8pm

Meet Nya, an inner-city teacher desperate to save her son, in Dominique Morisseau’s riveting and critically acclaimed new play. When her son gets in trouble at school, Nya must confront his rage and her choices, and try to reach him before he gets pulled away forever. Co-produced by BroadwayHD.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

Monday, February 11, 9pm

Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America’s Black Belt. Directed by RaMell Ross.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

Tuesday, February 19, 8pm

Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America. Features new interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Kim Novak, and clips from Davis’ TV, film and concert performances. Directed by Sam Pollard.

Passport: Mar 20, 2019

AMERICAN MASTERS “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me”

Friday, February 22, 8pm

Explore the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice. Directed by Barbara J. Hall.

Passport: Mar 23, 2019


Tuesdays, April 9 and 16, 8pm

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the history of the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.
Passport Fri, May 10, 2019


Monday, April 22, 9pm

Recently honored with a spot on the Best Documentary Feature Oscar shortlist, “Charm City” introduces a group of Baltimore citizens, police and government officials as they cope with the consequences of three years of unparalleled violence. With grit, fury and compassion, they’re trying to reclaim their city’s future. Directed by Marilyn Ness.


Tuesday, April 23, 7pm

Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth. From acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
Passport Sun, May 26, 2019

Encore Programs:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Celebrating Black Americana”

Monday, February 4, 8pm

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with this special episode. Highlights include an 1821 U.S. citizenship certificate for George Barker, a free man of color; an African American beauty book written by Madam C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”

Monday, February 4; time TBD

Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.
Passport: Tues, Feb 19, 2019

BREAKING BIG “Danai Gurira”

Friday, February 8, 9:30pm

Growing up in Zimbabwe, actress Danai Gurira didn’t see many film and television characters who looked like her. By embracing her culture and her differences, she was able to score roles in such smash hits as Black Panther and “The Walking Dead.” She also wrote the Broadway play Eclipsed, which won critical acclaim and a Tony Award. BREAKING BIG host Carlos Watson relays Gurira’s quest to blaze a trail for more representations of African women in popular culture.