THIRTEEN Celebrates Black History Month: UMOJA! 2012

January 27th, 2012

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 inĀ  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.