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Black History in February 2021
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WTVP shines a light on African American history and the Black experience in America with a schedule of special programming during February. From Black religious identity and entertainers to racially motivated violence and the fight for equality and social justice, WTVP is showcasing diverse programming that educates, engages and inspires action.


WALK THE WALK
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 10:30 PM

Walk the Walk showcases a unique college class where students have been going beyond talking about possible solutions to problems facing American society to implementing policy changes which get at their root causes. You will see a diverse range of students try to implement an innovative solution to devastation caused along the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, successfully raise the minimum wage in San Jose, California and develop policies to confront increasing cases of homelessness among college students. Walk the Walk provides a model for democracy to come alive in our nation’s classrooms and, in the process, educating and invigorating students to improve their communities.

Airdates: the

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 02/01/2021 @ 10:30 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Wed, 02/03/2021 @ 12 AM

American Experience

Trailer | Goin’ Back to T-Town | American Experience

A thriving Black community in Tulsa that rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: GOIN' BACK TO T-TOWN
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 8 PM

This program explores the rise and decline of Greenwood, an extraordinary black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Greenwood had its heyday in the segregated era of the 1920s and 1930s, and by 1936 the neighborhood boasted the largest concentration of black businesses in the United States. However, it could not survive the progressive policies of integration and urban renewal of the 1960s. In a nostalgic celebration of old-fashioned neighborhood life, the black residents of T-Town relive their community's remarkable rise and ultimate decline. Ossie Davis narrates.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 02/08/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Wed, 02/10/2021 @ 3:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Thu, 02/11/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/13/2021 @ 7 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/13/2021 @ 11 PM

INDEPENDENT LENS: WOMEN IN BLUE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 9 PM

Women in Blue offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department, chronicling a department and a community grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer was involved in the death of George Floyd in May 2020. The film ultimately reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis. Could increased gender equity and more women, especially women of color, contribute to greater public safety?

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 02/08/2021 @ 9 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Tue, 02/09/2021 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Wed, 02/10/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Wed, 02/10/2021 @ 6:30 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Wed, 02/10/2021 @ 11:30 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Thu, 02/11/2021 @ 7:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/13/2021 @ 11 AM
Trailer | Women in Blue
Independent Lens

Trailer | Women in Blue

0:32
Published:

Female officers in the Minneapolis Police Department fight for gender equity and police re


Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story (Trailer)

FAT BOY: THE BILLY STEWART STORY
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 6 PM

Fat Boy: The Billy Stewart Story chronicles the life and career of one of the most popular rhythm and blues singers of the 1960s, tracing his journey from a young piano player to a famous R&B balladeer. His electrifying and unique style of singing was untouchable as he mastered word-doubling and scatting throughout his songs and performances. His original hits include I Do Love You, Sitting in the Park, and his masterful remake of the Gershwin tune Summertime.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sun, 02/14/2021 @ 6 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 6 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 3 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Thu, 02/25/2021 @ 4 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Thu, 02/25/2021 @ 10 AM
  • WTVP-REMOTE 47.2 – Fri, 02/26/2021 @ 3 PM

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
MARIAN ANDERSON: VOICE OF FREEDOM
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 8 PM

Voice of Freedom explores the life, career, art, and legacy of the singer of classical music and spirituals. Best known for her performance at the legendary Freedom Concert on April 9, 1939, Anderson, in a bold protest against racial intolerance, sang before a diverse crowd on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after being denied use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In that moment, Anderson — despite being a fiercely private person — transformed into a symbol for the nascent civil rights movement, even inspiring a 10-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. who listened on the radio.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 02/15/2021 @ 8 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Tue, 02/16/2021 @ 12 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Wed, 02/17/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 – Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 2 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 8 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 – Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 12 AM
American Experience

The Voice of Marian Anderson

1:09
Published:

The New York Times hailed Marian Anderson as “one of the great singers of our time.”


Finding Your Roots | Season 7 Trailer | Ancestry

FINDING YOUR ROOTS with Dr. Henry Lewis Gates Jr., season 7 trailer. Get a glimpse at what's ahead in the upcoming season featuring: Glenn Close, John Waters, Andy Cohen, Nina Totenberg, Jane Lynch, Jim Gaffigan, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Meloni, Pharrell Williams, Kasi Lemmons, Clint Black, Rosanne Cash, John Lithgow, Maria Hinojosa, Lewis Black, Roy Wood Jr., Audra MacDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Gr

Finding Your Roots
Tuesday, February 16, 7 PM

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Pharrell Williams and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons uncover extraordinarily rare first-person accounts of their enslaved ancestors.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 02/16/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 02/17/2021 @ 12:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 02/18/2021 @ 4:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 4:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 8:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sun, 02/21/2021 @ 8:00 PM

THE BLACK CHURCH:
THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG

Retrace the 400-year-old-story of the Black church in America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring its role as the site of African American organizing, resilience, autonomy, freedom and solidarity.

PART ONE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 8 PM

Host Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the roots of African American religion, beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the extraordinary ways enslaved Africans preserved and adapted their faith practices under the brutal realities of human bondage. Learn how independent Black churches flourished after the Civil War, helping to fulfill the social, educational, financial, cultural and political needs of the formerly enslaved. Gates highlights the stories of key figures such as Richard Allen and Jarena Lee of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Henry McNeal Turner, and Virginia Broughton and Nannie Helen Burroughs of the National Baptist Convention.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 02/16/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 02/17/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 02/18/2021 @ 2:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 02/20/2021 @ 11:00 PM

PART TWO TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8 PM

The Black church expands its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need in the Jim Crow South and during the Great Migration and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. After the violent loss of leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many Black churches struggled to remain relevant in an era of increasing secularization while reckoning with urgent social and cult issues. The series brings the story of the Black Church up to the present — a time of renewed struggle for racial justice in America.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 02/17/2021 @ 8:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 02/18/2021 @ 12:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 02/19/2021 @ 2:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 02/21/2021 @ 1:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 02/27/2021 @ 7:00 PM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 02/27/2021 @ 11:00 PM
The Black Church

Extended Trailer

3:19
Published:

Explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Independent Lens:
Mr. Soul!
Monday, February 22, 9 PM

Celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared Black culture with the nation. Ellis Haizlip developed SOUL! in 1968 as one of the first platforms to promote the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. Its impact continues to this day.

Airdates:

  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 02/22/2021 @ 9:00 PM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 02/23/2021 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 02/24/2021 @ 2:00 AM
  • WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 02/25/2021 @ 2:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 02/25/2021 @ 8:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Sat, 02/27/2021 @ 11:00 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Thu, 02/25/2021 @ 12:30 AM
  • WTVP-WORLD 47.3 - Wed, 02/24/2021 @ 7:30 PM

Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! explores the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public TV.