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 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Follow Whitney Young’s journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
According to the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the desegregation of U.S. public schools peaked in the ’80s, but since then, schools have become even more segregated.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 8:30pm
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.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
Should there be an end to Black History Month? That’s the question explored by African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to do just that.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 9:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW honors Black History Month with this special episode.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
Follow a group of former gang leaders trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed.
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.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations. 
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. 
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.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal identified a powerful force in American life: the acceptance of the contradiction between the American Creed held dear and political and social behavior.
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, January 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington.
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
The untold story about Dr. Martin Luther King and his appearance on the most prestigious lecture series in Canada shortly before his assassination on April 4th, 1968.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:00pm
Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 1:00pm
Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools, a film written, produced, and directed by Rochester’s Anthony Machi, is a provocative portrait of the iconoclastic black American author, educator and syndicated columnist
Friday, December 26, 2014 - 12:00pm
Tune in for this Kwanzaa celebration.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:30am
Scientist, activist, educator, and humanitarian Dr. Walter Cooper joins WXXI President Norm Silverstein
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:30pm
Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 11:30am
Tune in for this WXXI original documentary about group of local individuals who are working to build schools in South Sudan.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
Tune in for this WXXI original documentary about group of local individuals who are working to build schools in South Sudan.
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:00pm
Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:00pm
Relive 1964's Freedom Summer and the dramatic struggle for equality in Mississippi.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 9:00pm
From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 10:30pm
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.
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:00pm
Explore a place where religion and African culture intersect.
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:00pm
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.
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