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Programming to inform, connect and support our communities one year after the murder of George Floyd

April 20, 2021

Racism Unveiled: One Year Later

May 25, 2021 marks one year since George Floyd’s murder, igniting a worldwide movement demanding racial justice and police reform. As we reflect on the impact of Mr. Floyd’s tragic murder, we are offering programming to inform, connect and support our communities.

From May 23 through May 31, the Racism Unveiled storytelling project will feature selected shows that explore the history and impact of systemic racism on Black, Indigenous and communities of color, reflect on what has and has not changed in the fight for equity and justice, and share stories of strength and hope in our collective future.

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Programming Highlights:

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Say His Name: Five Days for George Floyd


The murder of George Floyd by former officer Derek Chauvin on May 25th, 2020, sparked a global uprising. The epicenter was in director Cy Dodson’s Minneapolis neighborhood, where he captured an immersive observation of unrest in the five days between the murder of Mr. Floyd and the announcement of charges filed against the police officers. The film was directed by Cy Dodson and produced by Lindsey Seavert.

>>> Q&A with Director CY Dodson <<<

Race Matters

Race Matters: A Year After George Floyd


A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT: One year after George Floyd’s death, Judy Woodruff and PBS NewsHour reporters will focus on what has changed, and what hasn’t, since the outrage and protests of last summer, focusing on Minneapolis as well as several other communities around the country that have also seen protests, police killings and hate crimes.


TPT 2 Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Streaming online

Almanac will explore the ways that Minnesota has changed since the death of George Floyd in May of 2020. The team will report on the work that still needs to be done to create a more equitable Minnesota, the issue of police reform, law changes at the state level and a perspective on the racial justice work being done in Greater Minnesota.

STAGE: VocalEssence: Witness
TPT LIFE Saturday, May 29 at 7 p.m.
TPT 2 Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m.
Streaming online

Art has the power to move mountains and change the world. It has been central to social movements from abolitionism to Black Lives Matter — mobilizing people and changing hearts and minds. Join the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers & Singers of This Age as they travel through time to explore music birthed from activism and resistance that continue to shape the United States into an equitable nation for all.


Note: If you’re outside of the TPT airwaves, check with your local PBS station or visit to learn more.

Minnesota Experience: Jim Crow of the North
Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens as Jim Crow of the North explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area.
TPT 2 Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

Slavery by Another Name
Explore the little-known story of the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted into the 20th century.
TPT 2 Monday, May 24 at 9 p.m.

Listen! Please!
Four African American elders from the Twin Cities share their personal stories that illustrate ways that systemic racism has impacted their lives.
TPT 2 Tuesday, May 25 at 10:30 p.m.

Minnesota Experience: North Star — Making Home
Explore the hidden history of African Americans who helped shape the North Star state of Minnesota.
TPT LIFE Thursday, May 27 at 8 p.m.

Racism Unveiled

Explore the multimedia storytelling project from Twin Cities PBS that puts our justice, public health, education and housing systems under a microscope to unveil the ingrained racism within those institutions.

>>> Please visit the collection for more stories like this. <<<


Note: If you’re outside of the TPT airwaves, check with your local PBS station or visit to learn more.

NOVA: Forgotten Genius
Black chemist Percy Julian was met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. Here’s how he rose to the highest levels of scientific and personal achievement.
TPT LIFE Sunday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

American Experience: Voice of Freedom
Barred from performing in Constitution Hall because of her race, Marian Anderson would sing for the American people in the open air.
TPT 2 Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.

Independent Lens: Philly D.A.
His promise to use the power of the District Attorney’s office for sweeping reform is what got civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected. Now, that stubborn idealism threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most.
TPT 2 Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free
Hear the inspiring stories of how six iconic African American women entertainers challenged an entertainment industry deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes, and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.
TPT LIFE Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

Inside the Met
Experience the 150th birthday of The Metropolitan Museum of Art amid the COVID-19 pandemic and urgent demands for social justice, as the art institution makes history in ways no one could have predicted.
TPT 2 Friday, May 21 at 8 p.m. (Part 1)
TPT 2 Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m. (Part 2)
TPT 2 Friday, May 28 at 9 p.m. (Part 3)

Great Performances: Twilight: Los Angeles
In response to the national crisis in the aftermath of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, Great Performances resumes free streaming of Marc Levin’s film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s play “Twilight: Los Angeles.” It originally aired on PBS in 2001.
TPT 2 Friday, May 28 at 10 p.m.

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten
Learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, on the one hundredth anniversary of the crime, and how the community of Tulsa is coming to terms with its past, present, and future.
TPT 2 Monday, May 31 at 8 p.m.


George Floyd mural

We invite Minnesotans to reflect on how they feel one year after the death of George Floyd, and to share messages of hope and healing for the future.



Tools for Educators

This programming is part of the Racism Unveiled storytelling project with generous funding from the Otto Bremer Trust and additional support from HealthPartners and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.

Racism Unveiled is a multi-year, multi-platform, community-engaged and impact-driven initiative diving into the complex systems of inequality that directly affect the daily lives of Black, Indigenous and communities of color in Minnesota.

  • Otto Bremer Trust
  • Health Partners
  • Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

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