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Celebrate Black History Month With Twin Cities PBS

January 29, 2021

“February is Black History Month, and at Twin Cities PBS (TPT) we are offering programming that celebrates the history, arts, cultures, lives, and experiences of Black communities. Black history is American history, and we are committed to telling the stories of how Black individuals, organizations, and movements shaped and continue to shape America. Our programs include: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening, American Experience: Voice of Freedom and Independent Lens: Mr. Soul!”

“We know that we must do more and do better to reflect our diverse communities in Minnesota, and we look forward to bringing you programming that honors Black, Indigenous, and communities of color throughout the year. We hope you will join us.”

— Sylvia Strobel, President & CEO, Twin Cities PBS

Josephine Baker: The Story of An Awakening

The amazing story of the first Black superstar. Baker, born into poverty in Missouri in 1906, moved to France where she became a dancer hailed as the Queen of Paris, joined the French Resistance, created her dream family “The Rainbow Tribe,” adopting twelve children from four corners of the world, and ultimately became a Civil Rights activist.

TPT 2 Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8 pm

Voice of Freedom: American Experience

Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in a hundred years” by maestros in Europe and widely celebrated by both white and black audiences at home, Marian Anderson’s fame hadn’t been enough to spare her from the indignities and outright violence of racism and segregation.

TPT 2 Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 pm

Streaming online and with the PBS Video App.

Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

In this intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., we trace how this came to be in the 400 year-old story of the black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and endurance, grace and resilience, thriving and testifying, freedom and independence, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

TPT 2 Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 pm — Episode 1
TPT 2 Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 pm — Episode 2

Streaming online and with the PBS Video App.

Mr. Soul!: Independent Lens

Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.

TPT 2 Monday, Feb. 22 at 9 pm

Streaming online and with the PBS Video App.




Promotional support for Black History Month programming is provided by: Frederickson & Byron, P.A.TKDA and Rosemount Measurement Products Powered by Emerson.

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