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, February 6, 2017 - 10:00pm
Over 100 years after the release of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, which depicted the KKK as heroes and African Americans in the most racist caricatures imaginable, the battle to assert African Americans’ rightful place in both civil society and popular culture continues.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
In partnership with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ), The Little kicks off its year-long Black Cinema Series during Black History Month with I Am Not Your Negro.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
A rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, Robinson is considered the poet laureate of soul.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:30pm
The first documentary biography of Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years from his youth in the segregated South, through his leadership within the Civil Rights movement, to his current role as a powerful voice in Congress.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 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.
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00pm
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9:00pm
The Talk – Race in America, a multiplatform media initiative, presents six personal stories to illustrate the issue from multiple points of view: parent, child, the police and the community.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 8:00pm
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00pm
Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, Black Ballerina tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
As part of the Little Theatre's Black History Month special screening series, partnering with Writers and Books, WXXI is pleased to present this special screening followed by a panel discussion. 
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
In Africa's Great Civilizations, Gates chronicles a sweeping 200,000-year journey of discovery, showing the complexity, grandeur and diversity of many millennia of undiscussed and unknown details about Africa’s compelling and dramatic history.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Rediscovering Frederick Douglass tells the story of how a photograph of famed abolitionist and eminent human rights leader Frederick Douglass—not seen for more than a century—was rediscovered in the Rochester Public Library.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster?
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 9:00pm
Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983.
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 9:00pm
Visit Jackson Heights in Queens, New York, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world.
Monday, December 26, 2016 - 12:00pm
Tune in for this Kwanzaa celebration.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 12:30pm
Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen tells the story of struggle and the ultimate triumph of the brave African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:00pm
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.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the "murder capitals" of the United States. Eighty percent of the victims are black males, mostly in their teenage years.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:30pm
Examine how the spoken word tradition for African Americans helps preserve cultural and family history and is a powerful tool in expression and spirituality.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 8:00pm
Written and directed by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff, Dancing on the Edge is a 1930’s period drama detailing the rise of the Louis Lester Band – a black jazz band in London led by Louis Lester, played by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 3:30pm
WXXI and the City of Rochester present a half-hour special that highlights the history of the spoken word in African-American culture and how it influenced jazz.
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 1:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations.
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
See how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Examine the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened.
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