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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
February 1st, 2013

Twin Cities Public Television Highlights Black History Month in Minnesota Across Channels and Programming


tpt to Provide In-Depth Resources and Full Programming Schedule Around Black History Month

St. Paul, Minn. (February 1, 2013) – This February, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will be commemorating Black History Month with a wide variety of programming and resources across both their broadcast channels and their online sources.

TPT hopes to bring heightened visibility and greater reach and ease of access during this celebratory month to the high-quality educational and entertaining content that tpt produces. The month’s programming will feature selected material from MN Original, Almanac, American Masters, Independent Lens, multiple Minnesota Channel partnerships, the tpt Original documentary North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers, and the award-winning national production Slavery by Another Name.

In addition to broadcasting and re-broadcasting great local and national productions on tpt 2, tpt MN and tpt LIFE, tpt has also created an online resource for all of their Black History Month content (www.tpt.org/blackhistory). This website will house educational resources, online streaming of shows, behind-the-scenes extras, links to further PBS resources, and much more.

“Black History Month is an important cultural and educational tool in the state of Minnesota,” says Vice President of Minnesota Productions & Partnerships, Lucy Swift. “TPT recognizes the importance of highlighting the stories of the African-American community in Minnesota that are being expertly told on tpt and providing the resources for those stories to be shared through all types of media. During the month of February, tpt hopes to take a leading role in showcasing Minnesota’s vibrant and influential African-American community.”

In particular, tpt is pleased to announce the re-airing of the critically acclaimed documentary Slavery by Another Name. Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges the assumption that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system tolerated by both the North and South, and lasted well into the 20th century.

Since its airing on PBS last year, Slavery by Another Name was featured at nearly 40 events in 27 cities last year, and has received numerous accolades, including being selected for inclusion in the 2013 Council on Foundations Film + Video Festival, and was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film also participated in the Montreal International Black Film Festival, and has been selected to be screened as part of a new edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival in February to celebrate Black History Month. Additionally, the film was recently screened at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Civil Rights Film Festival and was also screened as part of a black awareness event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is scheduled to be screened at the United Nations’ International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in March.

Slavery by Another Name was also a great success across social media platforms - in the day following the broadcast premiere, the full documentary was one of the top five shared videos on PBS Video, the Twitter hashtag was ‘trending’ during the broadcast premiere, and Slavery by Another Name was featured on both a project-specific Facebook page as well as the main PBS Facebook page: on those two sites, the film received a combined total of more than 3,000 ‘likes,’ and hundreds of comments. The documentary will be re-broadcast by most PBS affiliates in February in recognition of Black History Month. In the Twin Cities, tpt 2 will re-air Slavery by Another Name on February 17.

For more information about all of tpt’s Black History Month programming including in-depth educational and classroom resources for discussion and learning surrounding the important celebration, please visit www.tpt.org/blackhistory.

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