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2013 BLACK HISTORY SPECIALS ON WKNO *( PBS affiliate in Memphis and Mid-South Area)


Afropo: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange “Stolen”

Monday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.

In 2007, Ayala and Fallshaw were drawn to the cause of the Polisario Liberation Front, which represents the Sahrawi people, who have long struggled for control of the Western Sahara against the competing interests of Morocco and other factions. Once they started shooting, however, they gradually stumbled on a story about modern slavery that has become hugely controversial. The filmmakers focused on a black woman in her thirties named Fetim Sellami, who is reunited with her mother through a United Nations program.


Afropo: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange “Haiti: One Day/One Story”

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Documents the personal stories of the Haitian people six weeks after the devastating earthquake.


Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Friday, February 15, 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2

Sunday, February 17, 5:00 p.m. on WKNO

A profile of one of the most important, yet unheralded, individuals of the Underground Railroad.


A Conversation with Hampton Sides

Thursday, February 14, 9:30 p.m. on WKNO

Saturday, February 16, 10:30 p.m. on WKNO2

The author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin is Memphis-born journalist Hampton Sides. In this half-hour conversation, Sides talks about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy for Memphians and all Americans, the surprising facts he learned while researching his 2010 critically-acclaimed book, and the process of working with PBS's American Experience during the production of Roads to Memphis, which was based in part on his book.


Faith in the Hood

Monday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. on WKNO2

A compelling look at the inner city focuses on the spiritual life of a Washington, DC neighborhood.


Afropo: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange “125 Franco’s Blvd/Nora”

Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Murals painted on storefront gates by Franco the Great are threatened by re-zoning laws in Harlem.


NCRM Freedom Awards

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Highlights from The National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award ceremony held in Memphis, Tennessee on October 16, 2012. This year’s honorees include Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis; Dr. Bernard Lafayette, one of the 1961 Freedom Riders; Muhammad Yunis, who created Grameen Bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with micro-loans; and Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. George Jenkins, better known as the Three Doctors. The program includes a musical performance by Patti LaBelle. Hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete.


The Memphis 13

Thursday, February 21, 9:30 p.m.

The story of thirteen African American first-graders who took courageous steps to enter four formerly all-white elementary schools and break the practice of segregation in the Memphis City Schools.


American Masters: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Godmother of Rock and Roll

Friday, February 22, 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2

Sunday, February 24, 4:00 p.m. on WKNO

During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock 'n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was a natural-born performer and a rebel -- one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century. She is acknowledged as a major influence not only on generations of black musicians -- including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Isaac Hayes and Etta James -- but also on white stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.


The Clinton 12

Saturday, February 23, 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2

THE CLINTON 12 captures a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement. On August 27, 1956, a dozen black teenagers walked into an all-white high school in Clinton, Tenn. and changed history. THE CLINTON 12 brings to life the events of that school year and the bombing of the high school in 1958. Narrated by award-winning actor James Earl Jones, THE CLINTON 12 highlights the courage of the black students who were subjected to racially motivated violence, harassment and protests by white supremacists. The film also shows the determination of one small, predominately white, Southern town to uphold the law and confront bigotry and fear.


Hearts of Zambia

Sunday, February 24, 8:30 a.m. on WKNO2

Three filmmakers travel 9,000 miles to Zambia to tell the story of the HIV/AIDS crisis.


Black Kungfu Experience

Sunday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. on WKNO2.

The compelling stories of Kungfu's African-American pioneers, including Ron Van Clief, are shared.


Great Performances at the Met: Otello

Sunday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. on WKNO2

Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite soprano Renee Fleming as Desdemona. Semyon Bychkov conducts.


Independent Lens: The Powerbroker- Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Sunday, February 24, 10:00 p.m. on WKNO2

Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.


Freedom Riders: American Experience

Monday, February 25, 7:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Chronicles the journey of the courageous band of civil-rights activists in the Deep South in 1961.


Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

Monday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Police gunfire killed three African-American students and wounded 27 on a South Carolina campus.


Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance

Monday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. on WKNO2

Sheds light on Virginia's refusal to allow black students into all-white public schools in 1958.


Afropo: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange “Riseup”

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 a.m. on WKNO2

A journey into the heart of Jamaica, the island that gave birth to the phenomenon of Reggae music.



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