PBS will air black history programs

Staff report

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Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) will celebrate Black History Month with programming that emphasizes the resilience of the African- American spirit.

Here is the schedule. Additional airings on Western Reserve PBS and Fusion (WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2) for all Black History Month programs can be found at WesternReservePBS.org.

Tuesday: “Integrating Ole Miss: James Meredith and Beyond” (premiere): A look at the University of Mississippi from the midst of the civil-rights movement to the present; 10:30 p.m.

Feb. 15: “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, A Lot Like You” (premiere): Eliaichi Kimaro, a mixed-race American, documents her father’s path back to his family in Tanzania; 10 p.m.

Feb. 16: “An Evening With Berry Gordy” (premiere): Journalist Gwen Ifill interviews the songwriter, record producer and founder of Motown Records; 11 p.m.

Feb. 22: “American Masters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Godmother of Rock & Roll” (premiere): This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar was a natural-born performer and rebel; 9 p.m.

Feb. 22: “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, Dear Mandela” (premiere): Three friends evicted from a South African shantytown refuse to move and take their case to court; 10 p.m.

Feb. 23: “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis”: Explore the essential contributions of African-Americans to the city’s growth and vitality; 9 p.m.

Feb. 23: “Independent Lens, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”: The controversial civil-rights leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled; 11 p.m.

Feb. 25: “The Black Kungfu Experience” (premiere): The compelling stories of kungfu’s African-American pioneers; 10 p.m.

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