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 Black experience. In addition to special programming, WXXI News plans to do several stories spotlighting the unique contributions Blacks 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.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
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.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:00pm
WXXI-TV is pleased to present MOTOWN 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Tuesday, March 14, 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.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part series.
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Uncover the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr 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.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
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.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr 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.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
As part of Black History Month, WXXI is partnering with Writers & Books to present this special screening followed by a panel discussion. 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 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.
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 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.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
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.

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Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
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