Black History Month

WKAR is proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round!  

We're bringing you a new lineup of films and stories AND turning a lens on you to celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you.


Fri. Feb. 26  - Sat. Feb. 27 on WKAR Radio & STREAMING | Join WKAR News for special coverage of stories and conversations from February 2021 highlighting the Black community in Michigan.

The train station in Jackson is being recognized by Amtrak for its role in the Underground Railroad, the system that helped escaped slaves reach freedom in the north.

Ready For Adventure
Courtesy / PBS KIDS

Thu. Feb. 25, 2021 at 7pm | Join WKAR for a pajama jam screening of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: I Am Rosa Parks; I Am Thurgood Marshall! RSVP HERE

Cover of "Black Bottom Saints"
Courtesy Alice Randall

Though Detroit’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood may be physically gone, author Alice Randall resurrects the energy and life of the Black center of the city in her 2020 novel, "Black Bottom Saints."

three speakers
Courtesy / MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Today (Feb. 11), the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine continues its 2021 Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, “Slavery To Freedom.”  Due to COVID-19, the lecture will be conducted virtually.  The next speaker is Patrisse Cullors, an activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, which has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Voice of Freedom | American Experience

Feb 10, 2021
Marian Anderson singing in front of Lincoln Memorial and surrounded by crowd
Courtesy of World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo / PBS

Mon. Feb. 15 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMINGVoice of Freedom interweaves Marian Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.

Black-and-white photograph of African American family (woman, man and two boys) in car in 1960s
Courtesy of H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images / PBS

Fri. Feb. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING at | Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence and how that history resonates today.

Stained glass-style illustration of church with sun behind and Black people next to it
Courtesy of PBS / PBS

Tuesday–Wednesday, Feb. 1617, at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | This two-part series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change.

Black History Month | Feb. 5. 2021

Feb 5, 2021

Notes from Susi

Dear Friends,

As we welcome Black History Month, I hope you will join us in celebration and reflection. Throughout February, WKAR TV and radio will be airing content recognizing pivotal moments in Black history. 

three speakers
Courtesy / MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Today (Feb. 4), the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine presents the first of three speakers as part of the 2021 Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, “Slavery To Freedom.”  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery talks with Dr. Marita Gilbert, the associate dean of diversity and campus inclusion at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.