Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the life, history and culture of African Americans and to commemorate the roles they have played in the history of our country with their achievements and contributions to human development. It is also the time for us to acknowledge the injustices they have suffered and the challenges they face and have overcome.
In 1926, American historian and educator Carter Godwin Woodson, along with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, launched a “Negro History Week” to bring attention to Black History and help school systems coordinate their focus on the topic. As interest spread over the next 50 years, President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.
African Americans have contributed economically, culturally and socially to the development of U.S. history, particularly in the area of human rights. Throughout the month of February, we will share a variety of Black History Month programming with you.
Below, you’ll find a list of programs to watch on your local YurView channel. (Check local listings for air times.)
“The Rising” is an inspiring documentary series celebrating the contributions of black athletes worldwide. It is a timeless series that recognizes the importance of the many courageous acts that have brought about change, in sports and well beyond.
📺 Debuts Tuesday, 2/1 at 7pm.
Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story
It’s 1970, Muhammad Ali had been exiled from boxing for his stance against the Vietnam War, stripped of his title, and convicted of draft evasion. But in Atlanta, a diverse group came together to ensure he received his rightful comeback. aliscomebackllc.com
📺 Debuts Tuesday, 2/1 at 8:30pm.
Out of Darkness
“Out of Darkness” is a three-part documentary examining the untold history of African people, their cultural contribution to nations of the world and the events that have contributed to the condition of African people today.
📺 Part 1: Tuesday, 2/1 at 10pm
Part 2: Tuesday, 2/8 at 10pm
Part 3: Tuesday, 2/15 at 10pm
Everyday Heroes: Black History Month
“Everyday Heroes” examines the lives of several individuals, including baseball legend, Jackie Robinson and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown Jr. who, despite facing the obstacles of prejudice, served our country through military service.
📺 Debuts Thursday, 2/3 at 9pm.
America’s Black Forum
America’s Black Forum is a weekly half-hour syndicated newsmagazine series hosted by political analyst, Marc Morial. Each week, America’s Black Forum will feature in-depth and engaging interviews with newsmakers, influencers, business entrepreneurs, artists, health & wellness experts and social justice leaders.
📺 Thursday, 2/3 at 9:30pm
Saturday, 2/5 at 6pm
Saturday, 2/12 at 6pm
Saturday 2/19 at 6pm
Saturday 2/26 at 6pm
America’s Untold Journey
“America’s Untold Journey” chronicles the 450-year arc of continuous African-American history, beginning in 1565 in Spanish Florida and continuing to the present day. The story reveals startling untold facts about the importance of African-American involvement in the nation’s creation.
Interviews with experts and vivid imagery combine to shed a fascinating new light on the role that they and their ancestors played in American history — and ultimately the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/4 at 10pm.
The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital
The rise and fall of what would become the number one African-American hospital in the world, located in St. Louis, Missouri, Homer G. Phillips Hospital provided state-of-the-art medical training to over two-thirds of all African-American physicians and nurses in the U.S. and abroad from 1937 to 1979.
While its founder was mysteriously killed, the hospital in his name thrived during the most turbulent of segregated times, allowing so many people of color to achieve greatness for the benefit of humankind.
📺 Debuts Saturday, 2/5 at 1:30pm.
You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South
Ruby McCollum’s landmark case haunted jurors for decades. This is the story of an African-American woman who killed a prominent white doctor/Senator-elect in Live Oak, Florida after being subjected to years of sexual abuse. Remarkable secrets and terrible truths were revealed during her trial and incarceration, which paved the way for change in our society.
📺 Debuts Saturday, 2/12 at 1:30pm.
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