February 2015 Highlights
Black History Month Theme Month Programming
Independent Lens: The Powerbroker—Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7pm
This film follows the journey of Whitney M. Young, Jr. from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League.
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—Sound of Torture
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8pm
Follow the efforts of Swedish-Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos.
America ReFramed: Our Mockingbird
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8pm
A documentary that uses Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird as a lens to view race, class, gender and justice - then and now.
A Reason to Dance
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6pm & 9pm
China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora.
PBS Arts from Chicago: American Masters—Bill T. Jones: A Good Man
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7pm
Bill T. Jones has been named "an irreplaceable treasure" by the The Dance Heritage Coalition.
The Education of Harvey Gantt
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 11:30pm
Learn about the pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation.
Independent Lens: More Than a Month
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7pm
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, goes on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—The Triptych
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8pm
The Triptych is a unique and profound documentary series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time.
Frontline: The Interrupters
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 6pm
An intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.
America ReFramed: The Hill
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8pm
Clinging to the last affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying city, a determined group of neighbors struggle to save their homes from destruction.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:30pm
A compelling look at the influence of one small, tightly knit community – its school, churches and civic leaders – on its residents.
A Harpist’s Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound of Change
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:30pm
The inspirational life and distinguished career of the revered harpist.
The Black Kungfu Experience
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7pm
How a group of African American pioneers became respected masters in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men.
AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange—The Abominable Crime
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8pm
A story about a mother's love for her child and an activist's love for his country.
Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:30pm
Witness Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service.
America ReFramed: Shell Shocked
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8pm
Shell Shocked starts at the surface of the teen murder epidemic and delves into the hearts and minds of those whose lives are most deeply impacted.
POV: 15 to Life—Kenneth’s Story
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9pm
Follow a boy’s struggle for redemption in a place that routinely condemns children to die in prison.
The Artist Toolbox: Sam Gilliam
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7pm
Sam Gilliam invites John Jacobsen into his private studios to discuss the importance of exploration and a curious mind.
Independent Lens: Through a Lens Darkly
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
Learn about black photographers who recorded the lives of generations, from slavery to the present.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at6pm & 9pm
Reflect on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.
Instruments of Change
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6pm & 9pm
The power the performing arts has in bringing a community together.
American Masters: Sister Rosetta Tharpe—The Godmother of Rock & Roll
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7pm
Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe.
American Masters: August Wilson—The Ground on Which I Stand
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8pm
Examine the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare.
Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6pm
The film sheds light on this dark moment in history through interviews, academic commentary and archival footage from the era.
Independent Lens: Spies of Mississippi
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7pm
Learn about a spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi in the 50s-60s to preserve segregation.
Independent Lens: American Denial
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8pm
American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.
Black/White & Brown: Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6pm & 9pm
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
Queen of Swing
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6pm & 9pm
The true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer — 95-year-old entertainer Norma Miller.