Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, WXXI-TV and Radio will broadcast a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the African-American experience. In addition to special programming, WXXI News plans to do several stories spotlighting the unique contributions African-Americans have made here at home and around the world. As those stories air on AM 1370 they will be archive on our news page here.

Coming Up

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Learn the story behind the award-winning documentary and explore how the groundbreaking film literally changed the way Americans look at their history.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 1:00pm
Backstage Pass host Julia Figueras welcomes members of the 2015 Gateways Music Festival to Studio E for a special program
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 3:30pm
This film explores the increasing racial diversity and shift in attitudes toward musicians of color in the classical music world through Ann Hobson Pilot's professional journey.

Recently

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
In July of 1964 a three-day race riot erupted in two African-American neighborhoods in Rochester.
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
Examine Norma Miller's influence in the globalization of America's jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9:00pm
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 10:00pm
Explore a place where religion and African culture intersect.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 10:00pm
Trace the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend at a prestigious private school over 13 years.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
When MOTOWN 25 first aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, it was an immediate sensation and became one of the most talked about concerts and TV specials ever. 
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00pm
Hear the stage and screen star in a show that crosses stylistic boundaries.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
See what happens when a filmmaker unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father’s identity.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:30pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:00pm
"Is this how I'm going to die?" "How do I pay for this?" "Do I still believe in God?"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Learn about a spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi in the 50s-60s to preserve segregation.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe. 
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
American Denial explores the impact of unconscious biases around race and class, using Swedish economists Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism.
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00pm
Explore the life and legacy of playwright August Wilson — the man some call America’s Shakespeare — from his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, this film provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:30pm
Witness Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations. 
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:00pm
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
Meet kungfu’s black pioneers and heroes who fluorished at the junction of African American and Asian cultures.
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