FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WTVP to Celebrate Black History Month
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
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.
For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or
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