Black History Month

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

In 2017, 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.

William Lambert photo
Detroit Public Library / Burton Historical Collection

The story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad was recently turned into the biographical film “Harriet”. The film, which chronicles Tubman’s efforts to help enslaved African-Americans escape to free states, went on to be nominated at the 2020 Academy Awards.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with historian Ken Coleman via Facetime about abolitionist William Lambert and Detroit’s connection to the Underground Railroad.

Documentary Special: The Freed People

Feb 2, 2019

This one-hour Humankind documentary examines how America responded to a massive refugee crisis, when four million newly emancipated slaves needed shelter, employment, education and the basic rights at the close of the Civil War.

Black Memorabilia | Independent Lens

Feb 1, 2019
Courtesy of C-Line Films / PBS

Mon., Feb. 4 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | From the south to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged Black Memorabilia.

Vernon Jordan, Pastor Freddie Haynes, Eugene Robinson
Harvard university, Friendship West Baptist Church, Washington Post

Author, activist and longtime presidential adviser Vernon Jordan is among the scheduled speakers for Michigan State University's series during Black History Month.

WKAR file photo / WKAR

Detroit's Motown Museum is organizing an event to celebrate the entrepreneurial legacy of the Gordy family and black family-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month.

Michigan Natives Encourage Students To Consider HBCU's

Feb 18, 2018
Recent graduates of Morgan State University, Maryland.
Courtesy of Morgan State University / PBS

Monday at 9:00 p.m., a documentary about Historically Black Colleges & Universities debuts on WKAR TV 23. Two Michigan natives who attended HBCU's said their experiences at the schools was extraordinary. 

Journalist's Book Examines Slavery's Connection to 2018

Feb 12, 2018
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about her new book The Burden African-Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. During a recent visit to Michigan State University, Riley explained why the lack of discussion about slavery and its affects on African-Americans are still being felt today and hurting the United States' ability to move forward as a whole. 

Facebook page of Arab American National Museum

A Detroit-area performance of poetry and music by two women of color serves to mark Black History Month and kick off the Arab American National Museum's concert series.

Dr. Maya Angelou
Courtesy of Getty / PBS

Journey through the prolific life of the 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' author and activist. WATCH NOW

W. Kamau Bell photo
Courtesy photo

Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell has long made his mark by making people laugh while addressing serious matters of race. His most recent TV project is “United Shades of America” on CNN.