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

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 6:00am
Learn more about the amazing contributions these 40 individuals have made.
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00pm
Blasting out hit after hit and taking the audience through her amazing four-decade career, Turner once again proved herself to be “simply the best.”
Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 10:00am
Don't miss the final episode of this three-part series that explores the impact of NOLA's Haitian culture. 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 8:00pm
Blasting out hit after hit and taking the audience through her amazing four-decade career, Turner once again proved herself to be “simply the best.”
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 10:00am
This six-part series tells the story of radio’s role in the 20th-century transformation of the African-American community. 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 8:00pm
American Masters looks at the lives of trailblazing Black female entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson, and Pam Grier.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 8:00pm
Finding Your Roots: The Vanguard of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr airing on WXXI-TV March 16, 2021.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 9:00pm
Finding Your Roots: Freedom Tales : of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr airing on WXXI-TV March 30, 2021.

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 > 
When kicked out of her own home, Deborah Payne asks the company in charge of her displacement for one thing: Respect. Watch On-Demand: To see her neighborhood's grassroots resistance to get the compensation and respect they deserved. 
ICYMI: Watch On-Demand: Series Host and Executive Producer Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and PBS Chief Programming Executive Sylvia Bugg discuss the upcoming PBS special The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.
Finding Your Roots: Write My Name in the Book of Life: Episode 5 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr features the challenges and opportunities of Black ancestry searches. Watch On-Demand
Watch On-Demand: Part 1 of the two-part series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change.
On-Demand Part 2 of The Black Church: Discover how the Black church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement and the Black church’s role in the present.
Observe several real-life individuals — portrayed by Anna Deavere Smith — involved in the Rodney King affair. 
Listen On-Demand to the Podcast: Connections with Evan Dawson to discussing the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the challenges for African Americans in tracing their ancestry and the value they find in doing it. From 2/16/21.
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.
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. Watch On-Demand.
Follow a mother and daughter team as they prepare their Milwaukee community for the 2020 presidential election. 
A playlist of content from PBS Digital Studios and friends that addresses race, civil rights history, and the American justice system.
Learn how families of color counsel their kids to stay safe if they’re stopped by police.
PBS continues to provide programming on-air and on-demand regarding race, racism as resources for everyone to educate themselves and continue the conversation on all the ways that inequality in America shows up in everyday life.
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.  
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: PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism is a special co-viewing program for families with young children to watch and discuss together. 
Watch the Sesame Street special The Power of We anywhere, anytime on-demand thanks to the PBS KIDS Video Player.

Recently Aired

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
Series Host and Executive Producer Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and PBS Chief Programming Executive Sylvia Bugg discuss the upcoming PBS special The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00pm
Travel back in time to 1968 with Mr. SOUL! a vibrant documentary that chronicles the public television variety show “SOUL!”
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 8:30pm
Learn more about Rochester's African American Women's Gospel Choir and its history.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 8:30pm
This film explores the unique relationship between an African American aunt and niece, who became accomplished artists and educators.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:00pm
WXXI presents an encore of this two-part series that reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change.
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