February Is Black History Month

As part of its year-round commitment to provide diverse programming, Milwaukee PBS is proud to celebrate Black History this February -- and all year round! We're bringing you a variety of programs celebrating the African American experience -- past, present and future.

Milwaukee PBS Presents: Black Nouveau

February 1 at 9:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Regarded by the community as one of the most positive perspectives of African American life in Milwaukee, Milwaukee PBS’ long-running series Black Nouveau offers messages that promote positive images, interviews and profiles of African American movers and shakers, and explores the history, heritage, culture and challenges of the African American experience. This installment of Black Nouveau previews "Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights," at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. This episode also takes a look some of the special programs Milwaukee PBS offers this month including Independent Lens’ Tell Them We Are Rising.

Local Celebrations of Black History Month

The 2nd Annual Wisconsin Black Arts Festival hosted by The Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce runs February 2nd - 4th. Learn more at business.twbcc.com.

The Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates Black History Month with different events that offer fun family activities, cultural exploration, and the Museum’s unrivaled Haitian art collection. To learn more about the exhibits and performances go to mam.org.

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee offers the limited special exhibit "Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Struggle" throughout the month of February. Learn more about the exhibit at Jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.

The Urban Heroes-Urban Wood exhibit returns to The Wisconsin Black Historical Society on February 16th. Learn more about the exhibit at wbhsm.org.

Sista Strings perform live in concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College on February 27th. Learn more about the concert at wlc.edu.

Academy Award winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's (Moonlight) play "The Brothers Size," debuts at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre on February 21st. Learn more about the play and purchase tickets at Milwaukeechambertheatre.com.

The soulful "Black Pearl Sings" is currently at the Milwaukee Rep now through March 18th. Learn more about the play and purchase tickets at Milwaukeerep.org.

Africa’s Great Civilizations

February 4 at 11:30 a.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
It’s a 6-hour marathon of Africa's Great Civilizations! Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Independent Lens: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

February 5 at 10:30 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a new revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at the vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Independent Lens: Winnie

February 5 at 9:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Most globally known as the wife of Nelson Mandela, the overshadowed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace in South Africa bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time on screen, Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

Black America

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 36
Black America is an in-depth conversation that explores what it means to be Black in America. The show profiles Black activists, academics, business leaders, sports figures, elected officials, artists and writers to gauge this experience in a time of both turbulence and breakthroughs. 

POV: Do Not Resist

February 12 at 9:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Join POV for a vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Do Not Resist puts viewers in the center of the action - from inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments.

We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

February 12 at 10:30 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
This documentary features the talent of international jazz legends and explores the social conditions and events that made Pittsburgh one of the world's leading music cities.

Maya Angelou: American Masters

February 16 at 8:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 36
Journey through the prolific life of the "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

February 19 at 8:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. Stanley Nelson's film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.

The Education of Harvey Gantt

February 19 at 9:30 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
On January 28, 1963 a young black man named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, becoming the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. This pivotal story of desegregation in the South is chronicled. The program features interviews with Mr. Gantt, distinguished scholars and civil rights veterans, archival footage and carefully designed reenactments.

John Lewis: Get In The Way

February 19 at 10:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.

Fighting On Both Fronts: The Story of the 370th

February 19 at 11:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
The remarkable, but little known, story of one of few African-American regiments to have fought in combat during World War I. They were America's unsung heroes - a group of men from Illinois, largely from Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. They fought on two fronts - the war against the Germans and the war against racism and inequality.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans & the War

February 19 at 11:30 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
As Northern armies swept south during the Civil War, self-emancipated slaves sought refuge behind Union lines. Determined to claim basic human rights, these former slaves-turned-soldiers fought valiantly for the Union and many sacrificed their lives for the cause. The black experience in the South is chronicled before, during and after the war. Civil War scholars, historical re- enactments, and primary readings from abolitionist are featured, including Frederick Douglass, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, Louis B. Hughes' autobiography "Thirty Years a Slave," and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

February 20 at 7:00 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS 10
Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. In this episode, Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.