Black Heritage and Culture

Explore the WXXI Black Heritage and Culture site: Your resource and guide to the films, stories, and voices centered around Black history and culture, current events, and issues. And be sure to visit WXXINews.org for coverage of community events and issues that are important to Rochester and beyond. Explore. Watch. Connect! 

Black Heritage and Culture

Teaching Women's Suffrage is a PBS LearningMedia collection of video clips, lesson plans, and primary sources details key figures, events, and regional movements of the decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. Students will encounter activists including Sojourner Truth, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Grace Abbott, and examine key regional efforts within the movement. Primary source documents offer evidence for a study of the chronology of campaign for women’s suffrage, from the movement's beginnings through the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Go to the Collection > 
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on public housing and civil rights. East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, and provides resources to understand housing policy and racism.  
Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. It is also among the most overlooked, misunderstood, and misrepresented.  This series tells the real story of Reconstruction, honoring the struggle of the African Americans who fought their way out of slavery and challenged the nation to live up to the founding ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality. Over a hundred and fifty years later, this struggle continues.
A collection of films by and about individuals in the Black community across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
WXXI Education staff collected resources from PBS LearningMedia to support educators and families while discussing the following topics: race, racism, protesting, civil rights, Black history and historical individuals, bias, past and current events, and more. 
WXXI Education staff collected the following resources to support families and educators of young children as they talk, watch, read, and learn about race and racism.
Watch On-Demand: East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, is the subject of a new documentary by Sarah Burns and David McMahon. 
This film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. 
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
Remember when folks used to talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. The Code Switch Podcast Team are a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting. Listen to Episodes On-Demand and Subscribe to the podcast.
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.

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In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history.
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Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life.
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Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 1:00pm
Celebrate the life and work of the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and literary scholar.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 3:00pm
Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen tells the story of the struggle and ultimate triumph of the brave African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II.
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