UMOJA! 2011 – Black History Month Programming

January 31st, 2011

Alison Stewart

This February, THIRTEEN’s UMOJA! festival returns, celebrating the history, heritage and contributions of African Americans throughout Black History Month.

UMOJA! covers a variety of subjects, with a focus on African American contributions to our national identity.  The annual UMOJA! festival begins this Thursday, February 3.

Hosts Tavis Smiley and Alison Stewart (Need to Know) will be introducing the films.

Here is a complete list of UMOJA! programming on THIRTEEN:

Unforgettable Hampton Family: A film documenting how Deacon Clark Hampton realized his dream of raising his twelve children out of poverty and into successful performers. Airs Thursday, February 3 at 10:30 p.m.

Independent Lens – When I Rise: A profile of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who found herself at the center of racial controversy and fought against the odds to become an international opera star.  Airs Tuesday, February 8 at 10 p.m.

Independent Lens –  Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene: America’s original shock-jock, Petey Greene, became a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history. Airs Tuesday, February 15 at 10 p.m.

Searching for Buxton: Narrated by Simon Estes, the film tells the story of a young African-American who searches for his family history in a long-disappeared Iowa mining town, only to discover that his relatives of a century ago may have been better off than he is today.  Airs Thursday, February 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson: Ken Burns’ film on the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th century. Airs Sunday, February 20 at 10:30 p.m.