Dec. 8, 2011 15:30 UTC

PBS Announces Programming Line-Up for 2012 Black History Month

New specials include UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and, from INDEPENDENT
“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
“Cab Calloway”

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)


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
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.)

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

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