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WTVP to Celebrate Black History Month Throughout February

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

 

 

Peoria, IL — From history to performing arts to independent film, WTVP offers viewers the opportunity to explore the rich and vibrant history and cultural contributions of African Americans throughout the year, but will offer a special slate of new and encore programs in honor of Black History Month, February 2009.

  • Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings takes viewers back to the end of the American Revolution, when thousands of African-American slaves risked everything to fight for the British in exchange for a promise of freedom. Airing Monday, Feb. 16 from 9-10:30 p.m., this is the story of their resettlement first in Nova Scotia, then Sierra Leone, where dreams of a haven came to a tragic end.

  • Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott tells the story of the nation’s first large-scale boycott challenging segregation—an influential event in the Civil Rights movement—Sunday, Feb. 22 from 9:30-10 p.m.

  • Independent Lens’ “Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life” profiles a pioneering African-American composer, arranger and pianist—Sunday, Feb. 22 from 10:30-midnight.

  • History Detectives presents a special Black History Month edition that follows the investigations of a slave songbook and a guitar that is said to belong to folksinger Josh White—plus a search for the birthplace of hip-hop—Monday, Feb. 23 from 9-10 p.m.

  • Tavis Smiley continues to present interviews with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and everyday people—each Tuesday and Thursday at 10 p.m.

Other PBS series that regularly cover topics and profile guests and performers of interest to African Americans include Frontline, Great Performances, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NOW on PBS, P.O.V. and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill among many others.

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For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org 

 

 

 


 

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