Arizona PBS to Celebrate Black History Month

BHM2015_color_640x360cEdited by AZI Staff

Arizona PBS plans to honor Black History Month beginning Feb. 1 with a collection of new commemorative programs and digital content highlighting the impact African-Americans have made on U.S. history.

As part of its yearlong commitment to diverse programming, Arizona PBS presents a month long lineup of programs in emphasizing the struggles, victories and contributions African-Americans have made to modern culture, and the inspiring evolution of African-American society, through stirring documentaries and in-depth explorations of the lives and legacies of celebrated African-American leaders.

Highlights of this year’s programming include “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” which tells the story behind a key component of the revolutionary culture within the Civil Rights Movement, and “B.B. King: The Life of Riley,” which celebrates the enduring legacy of the late musician and the lasting effects his work has had on the music scene.

“This year’s Black History Month lineup features a rich collection of programs that emphasize the many ways African-Americans have helped shape modern American culture,” said Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content at Arizona PBS. “We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on these individuals and organizations whose inspiring and enlightening stories created such a meaningful impact on society.”

A partial list of PBS shows for the month of February

INDEPENDENT LENS A Ballerina’s Tale – NEW – Monday, Feb. 8, at 11:30 p.m. documentary about Misty Copeland

AMERICAN MASTERS B.B. King: The Life of Riley – NEW – Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m.

INDEPENDENT LENS The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights – Monday, Feb. 15, at 11:30 p.m.

INDEPENDENT LENS Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – NEW – Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.

The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston – Friday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 p.m.

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE The Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles – NEW – Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m.

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