WHYY proudly honors Black History Month with a selection of award-winning documentaries, radical performances and local histories. Hear I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in Maya Angelou’s own voice, experience Nas’ deeply lyrical portrait of life in a public housing project and more.
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Delaware State University: A Legacy of Opportunity
Friday, February 16 | 5 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Delaware State University alumni and others close to the school talk about the transformation of the state’s only Historically Black University, its challenges and where it’s headed next. Preview »
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Preview »
We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
Sunday, February 18 | 7 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Archival footage sheds light on the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the world’s leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music. Preview »
Tell Them We Are Rising
Monday, February 19 | 9 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Hear the story of the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities played in American history, culture and national identity. Preview »
James Pickens, Jr. from Grey’s Anatomy narrates the story of the oldest African-American theater in the United States. Preview »
We’ll Meet Again
Tuesday, February 20 | 8 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Former NBC News anchor Ann Curry reunites Fatima and Thelma, two women who lost touch after working to register voters in Louisiana during the civil rights movement. Preview »
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange
Thursdays at 10 p.m. until February 20 | Stream
Explore the present-day realities and contemporary lifestyles of Africans, both on the continent and in the evolving diaspora. Hosted by actor Nicholas L. Ashe. Preview »
John Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. Preview »
Tuesday, February 27 | 9 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Longtime friends Condoleezza Rice and historian David Kennedy explore whether a unifying set of beliefs can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. Preview »
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Nas Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip Hop
Nas teams up with the National Symphony Orchestra to stage a symphonic rendition of his groundbreaking 1994 album Illmatic, a densely textured, deeply lyrical portrait of life in the largest public housing project. Stream now »
Abolitionism in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia block where WHYY Studios now stands was once home to Pennsylvania Hall, an abolitionist meeting place. But in 1838, the hall was burned to the ground by anti-black rioters. Stream now »
Finding Your Roots
Seasons 1 – 4
Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. unearths the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity, like Questlove and Maya Rudolph. Stream now »
Celebrating Black Americana
Signed Muhammad Ali training shoes, handwritten letters from Louis Armstrong, a 1950 Willie Mays jersey — one of these pieces of history is worth up to $80,000. Stream now »
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Stream now »
Go deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson and an explosive scandal. Stream »
She was a rebel, a radical journalist, the inspiration for a Nina Simone song—and the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Stream »
WHYY BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
Join WHYY for a screening of Tell Them We Are Rising, the second film in the three-part series that began with The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
The Montiers: An American Story at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Wednesday, March 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Save the date
The earliest surviving portraits of an African American couple, Hiram and Elizabeth Brown Montier, provide a first-person perspective on their lives in nineteenth-century Philadelphia.
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Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio
Sunday, February 4 | 8 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Starting in the 1950s, Black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities, and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
Separate: Black in America
Friday, February 16 | 9 a.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
For most of their time in America, black people have largely lived, worked and played separately from white people. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Explore the reverberations of “being separate” on health and medicine.
The Invention of Race
Sunday, February 18 | 8 p.m. | ADD TO CALENDAR
Trace the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world to the founding of the United States, including the slave-traders who invented blackness, the enlightenment scientist who divided humanity into five races and more.
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