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Black History Month on KERA

KERA is proud to offer the following TV and FM programs honoring Black History Month 2018.


Independent Lens: Winnie

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Monday, February 5 at 10:30pm on KERA TV

Explore the life of Winnie Mandela and her struggle to bring down apartheid, with intimate insights from those closest to her and testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.


John Lewis: Get In The Way

Friday, February 9 at 8pm on KERA TV

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.


Independent Lens: T-Rex: Her Fight For Gold

Friday, February 9 at 10:30pm on KERA TV

Meet Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17 won the first Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. In this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.


American Masters: Althea

Friday, February 9 at 9pm on KERA TV

Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Featuring Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.


Humankind: The Freed People

Sunday, February 11 at 6am and 5pm on KERA FM

The United States faced an unprecedented refugee crisis a century and a half ago: 4 million slaves were emancipated, primarily from plantations where they’d been held captive. Most possessed no more than the clothes on their backs and were now suddenly homeless and jobless. In this documentary, we learn about a remarkable agency: the Freedmen’s Bureau, established by Congress to help this population as the war drew to a close.


Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, Courtesy of Getty

American Masters: Maya Angelou

Friday, February 16 at 8pm on KERA TV

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.


The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Sunday, February 18 at 10am on KERA TV

This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present. Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Harvard scholar, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Monday, February 19 at 9pm on KERA TV

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the story of the rise, influence and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.

(Learn more about our community screening in Fort Worth for this film on Thursday, February 8!)


Courtesy of Justine Kershaw/Blink Films

We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm on KERA TV

Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.


Front and Center: Seal

Tuesday, February 20 at 11pm on KERA TV

Three-time Brit Award and four-time Grammy Award winner Seal takes center stage at the Vibratto Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Seal performs songs from his tenth studio album Standards. Highlights include “Luck Be a Lady,” “Smile,” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”


Independent Lens: Rat Film

Monday, February 26 at 10pm on KERA TV

Trace the history of Baltimore through this provocative film that uses the rat — as well as the humans who love them, live with them and kill them — to chronicle the systemized oppression in impoverished communities far beyond the city’s borders.


Austin City Limits: Ms. Lauryn Hill

Tuesday, February 27 at 10pm on KERA TV

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter performs a set of solo hits, new songs and Fugees classics.