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.

Coming Up

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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, March 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Examine the dramatic life of writer/activist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
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.

Recently

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.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
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.
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.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00pm
Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion — meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe. 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Objects hold history. They’re evocative of stories stamped in time.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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