Celebrate Extraordinary Black Americans

Exciting new programs on WHYY-TV 12 showcase inspiring Black leaders and social movements in progress now and Black heroes of American history. 


Making Black America: Through the Grapevine

Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a new 4-part series examining the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people — beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today.

Premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 9 p.m. Remind me »
Episodes air October 4, 11, 18  and 25 at 9 p.m. 

Repeats: Friday, October 7 | 10 p.m.

Sunday, October 9 | 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 | 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 | 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 | 4 p.m.


Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom 

Go beyond the legend and meet the inspiring woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born 200 years ago in Maryland, Harriet Tubman was a conductor of the Underground Railroad, a Civil War scout, nurse and spy, and one of the greatest freedom fighters in our nation’s history.

Premieres Tuesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. Remind me »

Repeats: Sunday, October 9 | 3 p.m.
Friday, October 7 | 9 p.m.


Becoming Frederick Douglass

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. Remind me »

Repeats: Sunday, October 16 | 3 p.m.



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