Western Reserve Public Media
Celebrates Black History Month

Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) celebrates Black History Month in February with programming that emphasizes the resilience of the African-American spirit. Shows airing for the first time are marked with an asterisk (*).

On the standard-definition channel Fusion (WNEO.2/WEAO.2), Black History Month programs air throughout the month. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the special programming will run from noon to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1)

American Masters, B.B. King

Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 p.m.     

American Masters, B.B. King*
Candid interviews shed light on the challenging life and career "King of the Blues" B.B. King.

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale

Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 p.m. 

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale*
Explore the rise of groundbreaking dancer Misty Copeland during a crucial period in her life.

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m.

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution*
The Black Panther Party emerged within a new revolutionary culture during the turbulent 1960s.

     

In Their Own Words, Muhammad Ali

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m.     

In Their Own Words, Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali's boxing successes, conversion to Islam and Parkinson's disease are explored.

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 p.m.     

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
The controversial civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled.

An Evening With Sheila Johnson

Sunday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m.       

An Evening With Sheila Johnson*
The successful businesswoman, violinist and dedicated philanthropist is interviewed.

 

     
     
Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2)

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale

Monday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m.     

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale*
Explore the rise of groundbreaking dancer Misty Copeland during a crucial period in her life.

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale

Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m.     

Independent Lens, A Ballerina’s Tale*
Explore the rise of groundbreaking dancer Misty Copeland during a crucial period in her life.

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.       

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution*
The Black Panther Party emerged within a new revolutionary culture during the turbulent 1960s.

     

American Masters, B.B. King

Saturday, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m.       

American Masters, B.B. King*
Candid interviews shed light on the challenging life and career "King of the Blues" B.B. King.

The Education of Harvey Gantt

Monday, Feb. 15, at 9:30 p.m. 

The Education of Harvey Gantt
The story of the first African American accepted to a white college in South Carolina is showcased.

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m.

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
The controversial civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled.

     

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Saturday, Feb. 20, at Noon         

Independent Lens, The Power Broker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
The controversial civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled.

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.

Independent Lens, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution*
The Black Panther Party emerged within a new revolutionary culture during the turbulent 1960s.

American Masters, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m.

American Masters, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
The life of the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature is chronicled.

     

The Education of Harvey Gantt

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m.

The Education of Harvey Gantt
The story of the first African American accepted to a white college in South Carolina is showcased.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race*
Tom Bradley's 1973 election as the first African American mayor of Los Angeles is examined.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams*
Discover how Vel Phillips, Milwaukee's first African American, rose to prominence in Wisconsin.

     

An Evening With Sheila Johnson

Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m.

An Evening With Sheila Johnson*
The successful businesswoman, violinist and dedicated philanthropist is interviewed.

An Evening With Sheila Johnson

Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m.

An Evening With Sheila Johnson*
The successful businesswoman, violinist and dedicated philanthropist is interviewed.

The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston

Monday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 p.m.

The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston
The life, work and philosophies of the celebrated figure of the Harlem Renaissance are explored.

     

In Their Own Words, Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m.

In Their Own Words, Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali's boxing successes, conversion to Islam and Parkinson's disease are explored.

Independent Lens, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m.

Independent Lens, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Learn about black photographers who recorded the lives of generations, from slavery to the present.

In Performance at the White House, A Tribute to Ray Charles

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

In Performance at the White House, A Tribute to Ray Charles*
Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements.

     

American Masters, Fats Domino

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m.

American Masters, Fats Domino*
Discover how Fats Domino's brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

American Masters, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m.

American Masters, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
The legacy of August Wilson, from his roots as an activist to his work on Broadway, is explored.

American Masters, Fats Domino

Sunday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

American Masters, Fats Domino*
Discover how Fats Domino's brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

     

American Masters, B.B. King

Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m.

American Masters, B.B. King*
Candid interviews shed light on the challenging life and career "King of the Blues" B.B. King.

American Masters, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

Monday, Feb. 29, at 8:30 p.m.

American Masters, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
The legacy of August Wilson, from his roots as an activist to his work on Broadway, is explored.

 
     
     

Local funding for Black History Month programming provided by

Akron Art Museum   Don Drumm Studios & Gallery   Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service

 


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