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! 

Featured Programming

Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 10:00pm
Acclaimed director Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother and The Happy Sad) takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life and work as a filmmaker. 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 1:00pm
In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 9:00pm
Acclaimed director Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother and The Happy Sad) takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life and work as a filmmaker. 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 2:00pm
Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.

Black Heritage and Culture

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. 
Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American Masters — Unladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century. Tune in on WXXI-TV on July 10th at 9pm
Marion Stokes secretly recorded television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. Independent Lens brings The Marion Stokes Project documentary  and reflects on how television has shaped us and the world of today. Watch On-Demand
Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth. Watch On-Demand.
This film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words.
Outrage is pouring onto the streets over police brutality and the death of George Floyd. 
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.
In Black America Since MLK, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history. Watch On-Demand through 9/7/2020
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.
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.
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. 
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.

Recently Aired

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 8:30pm
Learn more about Rochester's African American Women's Gospel Choir and its 25 year history.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 8:00pm
This special brings ordinary citizens together to wrestle with the complex issues that divide our nation.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 3:00pm
Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. 
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:00pm
This two-part POV documentary series tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color who are transforming American politics from the ground up. 
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 4:00am
This film traces the arc of opera singer Marian Anderson’s life and her struggles against racism and poverty.
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