Black History Month TV Programming 2019

Where to Watch


Africa’s Great Civilizations

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures. Gates travels to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies, and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.

Watch Saturdays at 7 p.m. on GLOBAL CONNECT.

Antiques Roadshow — Celebrating Black Americana

Antiques Roadshow is honoring Black History Month with the special episode “Celebrating Black Americana.”

Watch Friday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV. 


Circles_blackmemIndependent Lens — Black Memorabilia

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, the film shines a light on those who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged items, from banks to Mammy kitchenware, confederate flags, Nazi insignia, and other ephemera.

Watch Friday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

Circles_FYRs Finding Your Roots — Freedom Tales

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Watch Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

Circles_pipeline Live from Lincoln Center — Pipeline

Explore the story of Nya Joseph, a dedicated inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students’ achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When he is involved in a controversial incident that threatens his expulsion, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari’s rage, her own parental decisions, and the public and private school systems.

Watch Friday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

Circles_Samy Sammy Davis, Jr. — American Masters

Discover the first major film documentary to examine the performer’s vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, vast in scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory.

Watch Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.

Circles_MLK Road to Memphis — American Experience

This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968.

Watch Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV.





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