PBS Announces Programming Line-Up for 2012 Black History Month Commemoration

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    PBS Announces Programming Line-Up for 2012 Black History Month
    Commemoration

    New specials include UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and, from INDEPENDENT
    LENS,
    “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock,” “Black
    Power Mixtape 1967-1975”
    and “More Than a Month”

    Schedule also features SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME and AMERICAN
    MASTERS
    “Cab Calloway”

    ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    PBS
    announced today an expansive slate of programs profiling the rich
    history, culture and contributions of African-Americans. The programs
    air as part of PBS’ celebration of Black
    History Month
    . With new programs that delve into the archives of
    history, this year’s schedule provides an in-depth look at a variety of
    historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the
    black power movement. Several Black History Month programs will be
    highlighted as part of PBS’ presentations at the TCA Press Tour on
    January 4-5, 2012, in Pasadena, California. Notable talent appearing as
    part of PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS panel includes political activist
    Angela Davis for “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” and filmmakers
    Sharon La Cruise (“Daisy Bates”) and Shukree Hassan Tilghman (“More
    Than a Month”
    ).

    Daisy Bates in Memphis, 1958. (Courtesy of The Commercial Appeal)

    Daisy Bates in Memphis, 1958. (Courtesy of The Commercial Appeal)

    Premieres

    INDEPENDENT LENS “Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock,
    premiering Thursday, February 2, at 10:00 p.m., tells the story of
    Bates’ life and her public support of nine black students who registered
    to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (See
    an advanced clip here.)
    Premiering on Thursday, February 9, at
    10:00 p.m. is a compilation of interviews from leading African-American
    artists, activists, musicians and scholars in “Black Power Mixtape
    1967-1975.”
    (See
    an advanced clip here.)
    In the late 1960s and early
    1970s, Swedish television journalists came to America to document the
    burgeoning black power movement. This long-lost trove of film, combined
    with contemporary interviews to create an irresistible mosaic
    chronicling the movement’s evolution, features interviews with seminal
    black power leaders, including Stokely Carmichael and Eldridge Cleaver,
    as well as author/activist Angela Davis. And in “More Than a Month,
    premiering on Thursday, February 16, at 10:00 p.m., Shukree
    Hassan Tilghman, an African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country
    campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek and
    thought-provoking journey, “More Than a Month” investigates
    what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a
    “post-racial” America. (See
    an advanced clip here.)

    For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/about/news/archive/2011/black-history-month.

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    Contacts

    PBS
    Michaé Godwin, 703-739-8483
    mmgodwin@pbs.org

    Source: PBS

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    Daisy Bates in Memphis, 1958. (Courtesy of The Commercial Appeal)

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