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Video: Black Heritage Programming on THIRTEEN

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Celebrate Black history throughout the month of February with THIRTEEN.

Tuesday, February 2

10:30pm

Independent Lens
“Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness” examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits, a controversial Jewish anthropologist whose writings challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture. Premieres Tuesday, 2/2 at 10:30pm. Read more…

Wednesday, February 3

3am

NOVA “Forgotten Genius”
“Forgotten Genius” is a fascinating and largely unknown story of scientific triumph and racial inequality. It covers the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the 20th century.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0-ZyL0T8ic&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

8pm

A Ripple of Hope
“A Ripple of Hope” captures one poignant day in the life of Robert Kennedy. The film explores Kennedy’s little-known act of personal courage and responsibility the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — April 4, 1968. The film dramatically retells the events of that tragic day 40 years ago through the eyes of those who were there.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz1lr0fHVp0&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

Saturday, February 7

10pm

Great Performances “Harlem in Montmartre”
Beloved American jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway once said, “You hear about the Duke Ellingtons, the Jimmy Luncefords, the Fletcher Hendersons, but people sometimes forget that jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones.” While far from ordinary, “Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the long-forgotten “extraordinary ones” who left America to create the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars.

Thursday, February 11

8pm

In Performance at the White House: Music of the Civil Rights Era
“In Performance at the White House: Music of the Civil Rights Era” showcases special guests including Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, Smokey Robinson and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQipDjif_uM&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

Monday, February 22

1am

Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968
Scarred Justice brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqzECrrGJn4&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

9pm

American Masters | Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Zora Neale Hurston attained unique success in many areas, but during her lifetime her words and conclusions were often surrounded in contention. This definitive film biography portrays Zora Neale Hurston in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PANwrq_OuPM&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

Tuesday, February 23

10pm

Independent Lens “Behind the Rainbow”
What if you took the American civil war and mashed it up with the French Revolution and the U.S. civil rights movement? That’s what it felt like in South Africa, when the Mandela miracle brought down Apartheid. But can the deal between the old Apartheid regime and the new government withstand the test of time?

Sunday, February 28

12am

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity
“Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race” and Identity explores racial identity through the lens of hip-hop music and culture. Participants in the film include Russell Simmons, Chuck D., Vanilla Ice, Amiri Baraka, Paul Mooney, Nelson George, M1, Greg Tate, Power, Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, Empire Isis, John Leland, DJ Kool Herc, Empire Isis, among others.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWF-peyRuvA&hl=en_US&fs=1&]


  • Lingling

    Why is the broadcasting of Sacrred Justice: The Orangburg Massacre so late 1 am. This is an important film that should be shown on prime time. Shame on you.

  • MaJax

    I am a member of the 13 family and I was very surprised to hear about the Sacrred Justice segment as I had never read about this before. More surprisingly is the fact that you are airing this historic chapter of the Civil Rights Movement at 1am in the morning. How are we to share this information with our young people at 1am? Disappointed

  • Safijah

    I, too, am most disappointed about the time Sacred Justice will be aired. Do you plan to air it at a more appropriate family time; or is this a dis-ingenous way of airing Black Heritage programming that is IMPORTANT and EDUCATIONAL?

  • Ms. A ShawnLea

    While many of these programs are running at late hours, keep a look out for their re-airing online: I think 13 is very good about keeping a cache of shows on its website for sharing during and well after Black History month: Our history should be a learning experience all year long.

  • Patricia Mack

    I contribute to thirteen & I only received this email with the schedule for these programs at 2:42 pm. I’m upset because I wasn’t even able to see Scarred Justice. I’ve checked through early march on several other PBS channels & can’t find a re-airing date. Can anyone tell me when it will be re-aired? And please this time email me BEFORE the program air time. All the other programs have re-air times why not this one?!