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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Explore the little-known story of the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted into the 20th century.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00pm
Agents of Change looks at a pivotal moment when our nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-Vietnam War Movements.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00pm
Follow Muhammad Ali’s path from a gym in Louisville
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 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.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:30pm
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.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
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 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. 
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00pm
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.
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 9:00pm
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.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 6:00pm
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 12, 2018 - 9:00pm
The first documentary biography of John Lewis, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years, is part of Black History Month programming on WXXI-TV.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 10:00pm
By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in New Orleans. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:00pm
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 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.
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00pm
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 9:00pm
In celebration of Black History Month AM 1370 presents select stories from The BBC World Service series Witness
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 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.
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 10:00pm
New pop music series debuts with Grammy winner Alicia Keys who performs in notable locations all around New York
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 9:00pm
Witness the groundbreaking hip-hop artist perform a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines Lorraine Hansberry’s life and work using a remarkable collection of archival footage, home movies, rare photos and unpublished documents.
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:30pm
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, January 15, 2018 - 9:00pm
One of the most acclaimed films of the year, a box office hit and a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro premieres on Independent Lens
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Tune in for this annual Kwanzaa celebration.
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join WXXI and its partner, Friends of Ganondagan, for a free screening of this film that follows a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians to reveal colonial America’s Spanish roots.
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Explore James Baldwin’s unfinished book about race in America in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
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