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Black history on view through television specials

Thursday, February 08, 2001

By Rebecca Sodergren, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Black History Month on television continues with local stations joining the effort.

WTAE will air a program about noteworthy African Americans on Feb. 18. WPXI will focus on African-American members of the military with "The Last of the Buffalo Soldiers" Feb. 26. WQED's "On Q Magazine" continues its Monday night features on prominent African Americans.

Here is the second half of the Black History Month offerings sent to us from both local and cable stations. Watch the daily TV listings for additional programming.

Feb. 11

"The African Burial Ground" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Part two of a four-part series that tells the story of lower Manhattan's African Burial Ground, recently unearthed in an archaeological dig.

"Hallelujah!" (TCM, 10 p.m.) -- Daniel L. Haynes plays a Southern preacher and Nina Mae McKinley a dancer who tempts him in this 1929 film.

Feb. 12

"The 54th Massachusetts" (HIST, 8 a.m.) -- The Army's first black regiment to be assembled in the North after the Emancipation Proclamation.

"On Q" (WQED/WQEX, 7:30 p.m.) -- Interview segment on Valerie McDonald, Pittsburgh city councilwoman.

Feb. 13

"Malcolm X: A Search for Identity" (A&E, 7 a.m.) -- Malcolm X's rise from prison to leader of the Nation of Islam.

"Crisis in the Classroom" (HIST, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) -- School desegregation, from Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, when the governor tried to prevent nine black children from entering a formerly white school, to the mid-1970s, when Boston experienced an anti-busing movement against African-Americans.

"Journeys in Black" (BET, 7:30 p.m.) -- A look at the career of hip-hop artist Master P.

Feb. 14

"John Brown's War" (HIST, 8 a.m.) -- The controversial crusader who led an 1859 anti-slavery raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Va.

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 8 p.m.) -- Collection of short films by black filmmakers. (Repeats at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25.)

"Bob Marley: Rebel Music" (WQED/WQEX, 9:30 p.m.) -- Profile of the well-known reggae artist.

Feb. 15

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 9:30 p.m.) -- "Gilded Six Bits," short film.

"Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind" (WQED/WQEX, 10 p.m.) -- Profile of the leader of the largest African-American organization in history, the Universal Negro Improvement Fund.

Feb. 16

"The Underground Railroad, Part 2" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Prominent figures in the Underground Railroad.

"WNBA/NBA Black History Month Special" (ESPN2, 2 p.m., repeats at 12:30 a.m.).

"Tour of Duty" (TNT, 4 p.m.) -- Word of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination lowers black soldiers' morale.

Feb. 17

"The Jeffersons" (TVLAND, 6 a.m.) -- 48-hour marathon of the longest-running African-American sitcom to date.

"Shaka Zulu" (HIST, 10 a.m.) -- Five-part miniseries about the illegitimate son of a disowned African princess who united the tribes of Zululand into a powerful nation.

"Our Inspiration: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker" (WQED/WQEX, 8 p.m.) -- The daughter of former slaves, Walker was the first woman in the United States to head a local bank.

Feb. 18

"The African Burial Ground" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Part three.

"The Remarkable Journey" (WTAE, 2 p.m.) -- Profiles of Americans of diverse races and professions who have excelled in the face of overwhelming odds, with host Kweisi Mfume, president and CEO of the NAACP.

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 2:40 p.m.) -- "Special Day," short film.

"Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Toward Peace" (WQED/WQEX, 3 p.m.) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. John Hope Franklin join high schoolers on a trip to Goree Island, Senegal -- once a slave port -- to search for new approaches to racial reconciliation.

"Hopes on the Horizon" (WQED/WQEX, 5 p.m.) -- Documentary on Africans' struggle for democratic renewal in the 1990s, focusing on Benin, Rwanda, Morocco, Mozambique and South Africa.

"They Call Me Sirr" (SHO, 8 p.m.) -- Kente Scott and Michael Clarke Duncan star in a film chronicling the high school years of NFL player Sirr Parker and his struggle to excel in sports while raising his younger brother alone.

"Cabin in the Sky" (TCM, 8 p.m.) -- The first MGM musical with an all-black cast, including Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong.

"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided" (WQED/WQEX, 9 p.m.) -- Three-part documentary; remaining parts air at 9 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20.

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 9:30 p.m.) -- "Room 302," short film.

"Show Boat" (TCM, 10 p.m.) -- Paul Robeson stars in this 1939 film.

Feb. 19

"Murder in Memphis: Unanswered Questions" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Was Martin Luther King Jr. killed by James Earl Ray, or was there a conspiracy?

"On Q" (WQED/WQEX, 7:30 p.m.) -- Interview with the Rev. Leon Sullivan, founder and chairman of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America.

"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided" (WQED, 9 p.m.) -- Part two.

Feb. 20

"America's Black Warriors" (HIST, 6 a.m.) --African Americans in the military (repeat).

"Intimate Portrait" (LIFE, 7 p.m.) -- Rosa Parks.

"Journeys in Black" (BET, 8 p.m.) -- The career of gospel star CeCe Winans.

"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided" (WQED/WQEX, 9 p.m.) -- Part three.

Feb. 21

"Nick News" (NICK, 6 a.m.) -- Biography of Martin Luther King Jr., etc. (repeat)

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 9:30 p.m.) -- "The Blessing Way," short film.

Feb. 22

"Keepers of the Flame" (WQED/WQEX, 9 p.m.) -- Interviews with a writer, a college professor and a clergyman who have kept a account of life in Pittsburgh's black community.

Feb. 24

"The Port Chicago Mutiny" (HIST, 10 a.m.) -- Two ships blew up at the Port Chicago ammunition depot July 17, 1944, and of the 300 killed, 202 were black.

"Crossing the Bridge" (HIST, 8 p.m.) -- Documentary on Bloody Sunday -- March 6, 1965 -- when Alabama state police beat and tear-gassed Civil Rights marchers.

"Boycott" (HBO, 8 p.m.) -- Film dramatizing the moment in civil rights history in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a "whites only" section of a Montgomery, Ala., public bus.

"A Principled Man: The Rev. Leon Sullivan" (WQED/WQEX, 8 p.m.) -- Profile of the internationally known African humanitarian.

Feb. 25

"The African Burial Ground" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Part four.

"History Showcase" (HIST, 10 a.m.) -- Slavery and the Civil War.

"Black Filmmaker Showcase 2000" (SHO, 10:30 a.m.) -- Collection of short films. (repeat)

"The Defiant Ones" (TCM, 8 p.m.) -- Sidney Poitier plays a prisoner chained to a prejudiced white man (Tony Curtis) in this 1958 film.

Feb. 26

"The Black Cowboys" (HIST, 6 a.m.) -- Danny Glover hosts this examination of black cowboys.

"The Last of the Buffalo Soldiers: A Pittsburgh Homecoming" (WPXI, 7:30 p.m.) -- The story of African-American soldiers from the Civil War through World War II, including interviews with World War II veterans who gathered for a reunion in Pittsburgh.

"On Q"(WQED/WQEX, 7:30 p.m.) -- Interview with Esther Bush, Urban League of Pittsburgh president and CEO.

Feb. 27

"Journeys in Black" (BET, 7:30 p.m.) -- A look at the career of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"Greensboro: Clash with the Klan" (A&E, 9 p.m.) -- Ku Klux Klan members got away with murder in Greensboro, N.C., in 1979.

Feb. 28

"George Wallace and Black Power" (HIST, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) -- Alabama Gov. George Wallace was one of civil rights' most adamant opponents.

"Biography" (A&E, 8 p.m.) -- "Civil Rights Heroes": Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, Mae Bertha Carter, Bill Russell, John Lewis. (Repeats at midnight.)

Post-Gazette Staff Writer Susan Banks contributed to this report.

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