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Black History Month TV listings

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Compiled by Post-Gazette TV listings editor Susan Banks

February is designated Black History Month, as most of us know. It's a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans by way of special events and remembrances.

On television, that translates into an almost-daily outpouring of films, documentaries and specials. So if you're a history buff, you're guaranteed to find something of interest on the tube. February may be our shortest month, but it's rich in content, as the following programming guide makes clear.

Please remember: Schedules are subject to change. Check the Post-Gazette's daily television grids for the most up-to-date information.

Feb. 1

7 p.m. WTAE, "Remarkable Journey" -- Dr. Barnard Harris is the first black American to walk in space; Atallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, strives to stop the auctioning of her father's documents; Walter Mosley creates the character Easy Rawlins. (CC)

8:30 p.m. NIC, "Nick News Special Edition" -- "Do We Need Black History Month?" Young people discuss Black History Month.


Feb. 2

7:30 p.m. WQED, "We Fish" -- Carol Lee Espy profiles local author Jack Daniel, who co-wrote "We Fish: The Journey to Fatherhood" with his son, Omari.

10 p.m. WQED, "American Masters: The Price of a Ticket" -- An in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century, who through his work as a writer helped mobilize the civil rights movement.


Feb. 3

7 a.m. A&E, "Civil Rights Heroes" -- Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; Beverly Carter and Gloria Carter Dickerson; Irene Morgan Kirkaldy; Bill Russell. (CC)

9 p.m. WQED, "America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Lee Gates Jr." -- "South: The Black Belt/Chicago: Streets of Heaven."


Feb. 4

7 a.m. A&E, "Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All" -- Marshall was the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

8 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- An overview of movies by African-American filmmakers.

9 p.m. WQED, "America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Lee Gates Jr." -- "East Coast: Ebony Towers/Los Angeles: Black Hollywood."


Feb. 5

7 a.m. A&E, Malcolm X: "A Search for Identity." -- Despite tragedies in his youth, bright and charismatic Malcolm Little educates himself during seven years in prison, becomes a devoted Muslim, changes his surname and works for the empowerment of black people.

8 p.m. WQED, "The Barbershop: A Black Horizons Special": -- Visits to Pittsburgh barbershops reveal what makes them special.


Feb. 6

7:30 p.m. WQED, "Steel Drums" -- A profile of West Virginia resident Ellie Manette, inventor of the steel drum, who now teaches at West Virginia University.

10:30 p.m. WQED, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow" -- An exploration of segregation from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement.

1 a.m. WQED, "The Barbershop: A Black Horizons Special."


Feb. 7

10:30 a.m. WQED, "Seasonings With Dede Wilson: Cooking and Entertaining for Special Occasions" -- "A Dinner for Martin Luther King Day," with sweet potato fries, curried beef stew, sauteed garlic greens and orange buttermilk pie. (CC)

11:05 a.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Stone Mansion"


Feb. 8

11:15 a.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Land of the Free."

Noon WPTT, "Black History: TV's Best Moments" -- Julian Bond, George Wallace, Jaleel White, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Juan Williams and Lil' Mo comment on the evolution of black entertainers in television with clips of groundbreaking programs

3 p.m. WQED, "The Hines Farm Blues Club" -- A look at one of the premier blues clubs in the United States, featuring musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King.


Feb. 9

6 a.m. NIC, "Nick News Special Edition."

2:25 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Butch Mystique."

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- Tonia Caruso reports on Meredith Watson Young, the late artist and teacher who made many contributions to the African-American community.


Feb. 10

7:30 a.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Stone Mansion."

6 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Land of the Free."

10 p.m. WQED, "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property" -- A look at the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion.

11 p.m. WQED, "To the Contrary" -- Dr. Dorothy Height discusses the progress of black women and Black History Month. (CC)

4 a.m. LIFE, "Intimate Portrait: Rosa Parks" -- Parks is known as the mother of the civil rights movement. (CC)


Feb. 11

10:15 a.m. HBO, "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks" -- The woman's refusal to give up her bus seat helps spark the civil rights movement. (CC) (Repeats at 5:15 a.m.)

Noon SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Butch Mystique."

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- A profile of the new executive director of the Hill House.


Feb. 13

10:30 p.m. WQED, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow."


Feb. 14

11 a.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Pie Chi."

12:15 p.m. HBO, "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks." (CC)


Feb. 15

Noon SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Butch Mystique."

2:30 p.m. WQED, "Tony Brown's Journal" -- "Remembering His Legacy," abolitionist, journalist and statesman Frederick Douglass. (CC)

3 p.m. WQED, "One Shot: The Life and Work of Teenie Harris."

4 p.m. WQED, "Here I Am, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels."

5 p.m. WQED, "What Color is the News? The Coverage of Race in America."


Feb. 16

7 a.m. A&E, "Frederick Douglass" -- After escaping from slavery in 1838, the activist fights for emancipation. (CC)

3:15 p.m. HBO, "Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives" -- Black actors read passages and share their thoughts on the first-person narratives of former slaves. (CC)

8 p.m. WGN, "King" -- As a young Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. (Paul Winfield) gains national attention when he leads a year-long boycott against segregated bus lines in Alabama. (Part 1 of 3) (CC)

9 p.m. WQED, "American Experience" -- "The Murder of Emmitt Till."

10 p.m. WQED, "Hoxie: The First Stand" -- A look at the small Arkansas school district that voluntarily integrated its schools, setting off the first confrontation with a growing southern movement to resist the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Julian Bond narrates.


Feb. 17

8 p.m. WGN, "King" -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent approach to achieving civil rights is characterized by peaceful marches that spread to Washington, D.C. (Part 2 of 3) (CC)

10 p.m. WQED, "Independent Lens" -- "A Place of Our Own: Black Communities and the African-American Dream."


Feb. 18

6 a.m. NIC, "Nick News Special Edition."

8 p.m. WGN, "King" -- Martin Luther King Jr. (Paul Winfield) openly opposes the Vietnam War and pushes for anti-poverty legislation before his assassination in 1968. (Part 3 of 3) (CC)


Feb. 19

6:30 p.m. HBO, "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks." (CC)

8 p.m. WQED. "House: A Black Horizons Special."


Feb. 20

10:30 p.m. WQED, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow."

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- Doug Oster discusses Ralph E. Brock, Pennsylvania's first African-American forester.

1 a.m. WQED, "House: A Black Horizons Special."


Feb. 21

1:30 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "The Slowdown."


Feb. 22

8 a.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Stone Mansion."

10:15 a.m. SHO. "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Pie Chi."

3 p.m. WQED, "House: A Black Horizons Special."

4 p.m. WQED, "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey" -- A look at the world-renowned African-American scholar.


Feb. 23

2 p.m. HBO, "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks." (CC)

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- A report by Gina Catanzarite showcases a local hockey program for inner city teens.

10 p.m. WQED, "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords."


Feb. 24

10:45 a.m. HBO, "Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives." (CC)

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- An introduction to this year's recipients of the African-American Student Leadership Awards.

10 p.m. WQED, "Jimmy Scott: If Only You Knew" -- A look at jazz legend Jimmy Scott.


Feb. 25

12:30 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Stone Mansion."

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- A look at the contributions to the Civil War of the local African-American community.

8 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "The Slowdown."


Feb. 26

Noon SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Land of the Free."

7:30 p.m. WQED, "OnQ Magazine" -- "The New Pittsburgh Courier," a retrospective on The New Pittsburgh Courier, which made its mark in local and national history.

8 p.m. WQED, "House: A Black Horizons Special."


Feb. 27

6 a.m. NIC, "Nick News Special Edition."

2:30 p.m. WNPA, "The Parkers" -- "The Revolution": Nikki and professor Oglevee decide to educate the gang about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (CC)

10:30 p.m. WQED, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow."

1 a.m. WQED, "House: A Black Horizons Special."


Feb. 29

3:35 p.m. SHO, "Black Filmmaker Showcase" -- "Stone Mansion."

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