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

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.

Recently

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 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.
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.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00pm
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.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
Hosted by Charles Dutton, Civil Rights in America: Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall and Beyond examines the relevance and meaning of civil rights in the 21st century.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:00pm
Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. 
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00pm
The name Ray Charles designates a superstar worldwide.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
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.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
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 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
Learn about a spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi in the 50s-60s to preserve segregation.
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
WXXI's Indie Lens Pop-Up series presents the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 9:00pm
Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights.
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