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THIRTEEN Celebrates Black History Month: UMOJA! 2012

By Michelle Michalos
Friday, January 27th, 2012
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THIRTEEN celebrates Black History Month this February with UMOJA!, celebrating the rich history, heritage and contributions of African Americans. The annual UMOJA! festival begins on Sunday, February 5.

Below are some of the programs featured this year. (View our full Black History Month line-up).

Sunday, February 5 at 11 p.m.:

Independent Lens – Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Examines Daisy Bates’ support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Tuesday, February 7 at 8 p.m.:

American Experience – Freedom Riders

Explores the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides through America’s Deep South for Civil Rights.

Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 p.m.:

Alexander Clark – Lost in History

A documentary profiling Alexander Clark, who brought about school desegregation in  Iowa’s schools more than 85 years before the rest of the nation.

Sunday, February 12 at 11 p.m.:

Independent Lens – The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975

A look at the Black Power Movement in the African- American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975.


Monday, February 13 at 9 p.m.:

Slavery By Another Name

Reveals the interlocking forces that enabled “neoslavery” to begin and persist from 1865 to 1945.

Tuesday, February 14 at 9 p.m.:

FRONTLINE – The Interrupters

Three former Chicago criminals place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities.

Thursday, February 16 at 10:30 p.m.:

Images of Tony Gleaton

This documentary showcases cultural photographer Tony Gleaton’s award-winning images of black and American Indian cowboys, the African diaspora in Latin America, and the assimilation of Asians, Africans, and Europeans with indigenous Americans.

Sunday, February 19 at 11 p.m.:

Independent Lens – More Than A Month

A 29-year-old African American filmmaker is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.

Friday, February 24 at 9 p.m.:

Great Performances – Memphis

The story of a radio DJ in the 1950s whose love of music transcended racial lines and airwaves.


Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m.:

American Masters – Cab Calloway: Sketches

The life and career of Cab Calloway, who was at the top of his game in the jazz and swing era and was rediscovered in the 1980s.

  • william hooker

    you should have mixtape at a main time…it is a major film..are you afraid ?

  • James DePreist

    When are you going to replay the excellent documentary on MARIAN ANDERSON?

  • Nicola James

    It would be wonderful if you would show some of the footage you have of Afircan American classical artists during this time. Our young people and others should know and appreciate Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry, Reri Grist, George Shirley, James Depreist and other pioneers in the field!
    Thank you.

  • Grace Hackett, Ph.D

    I do support the viewsof Ms. James and Mr. DePriest. I would love for the documentaries of Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson and any others thsat are available to be aired. Young people need to know of the trailblaizers.

  • April Wolff

    Put it all on early enough for a white southern old lady who was in the civil rights movement to watch it. Already seen Black Power Mixtape at Lincoln Plaza. Will anyone ever cover white Southerners in the civil rights movement? No. And there were many of us, dying off, those not already dead. Why not? Because the rest of the country won’t deal with racism there. On NPR a lady asked Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center about some racist horror show in Mississippi I didn’t hear about because I was out of the country “What do you say about another chapter in the South’s troubled racial history?” “And the rest of the country”, replied Morrris. End of interview. The NY Times uses the word racist and Jim Crow to refer to the South. In the North or West, it’s “lack of diversity” or “discrimination”. To “diversify” Zuccotti Park required a march of blacks and hispanics from the South Bronx, since Harlem is now majority white. A friend was at Occupy Savannah Ga. Totally integrated with beautiful biracial couples holding hands. That doesn’t fit the picture the media always go for, Confederate flags and Civil War re enactors. When will the North end the Civil War? When it confronts its own racism. How about a rerun of Attica?

  • Joyce

    I agree with many of the posts. These important shows are put on too late at night to gain an audience; mostly our young people who need to know. Network with the schools and see if these can be made part of American History. These events are American History; ignored!

  • Neil

    How about a rebroadcast of something many of us never viewed during its original run in 2009(?) — the story of the black musicians/artist in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s? Heard it was excellent.

  • Linda Jones

    Will you please consider doing an article about ANNIE T. MALONE, THE ORIGINAL FOUNDER OF THE BLACK HAIR INDUSTRY.

    Apparently, historians have all but written Annie Malone out of our black history and given her credits to Madame C.J. Walker. Malone built Poro College, the first college to train black cosmetologist, made the first straightening comb, was the first black millionaire, and Madame C.J. Walker, who took her products and started her own business, was one of her 75,000 Poro employees. If we do not tell our own history, no one will. You may google her or go to http://www.answers.com/topic/annie-malone for additional information.

  • Milly

    For all of your infos. UMOJA is a South African film. I konw this coz it has southern african language in the film and it said that it was made in South Africa and from South Africa. I also know this coz I`m South African. I have to do a project on the South African Olympic Games.

  • Milly

    Plus Umoja means spirit of togetherness.