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 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.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 9:00pm
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr: On Broadway  streaming on-demand through 5/25/2021.
Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 4:00pm
Jazz splinters into different camps: white and black, cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 10:00pm
Explore the stories of those whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 4:00pm
As rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll erode jazz' audience still further, the music nonetheless enjoys a time of tremendous creativity. 
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00pm
A celebration of the Grammy Award-winning illustrious 40-year career. 
Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 9:00pm
The Washington Post explores the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement.
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 11:00pm
Actor Dyllón Burnside hosts Prideland, which opens a window into the world of modern-day LGBTQ+ life in America.

Black Heritage and Culture

Watch On-Demand: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines how journalists Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon were able to overcome biases in their careers, drawing parallels to relatives who met profound challenges of their own.
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.
Watch On-Demand :WXXI Education and The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County for a a chat about the Finding Your Roots Series with a focus on conducting family history by people of color. Learn about local resources and local stories.
Sesame Workshop continues its major commitment to racial justice with new resources and content called "Coming Together" to help families talk to young children about race and identity. 
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.
Vast amounts of African American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years and with them personal connections unless these locations are restored.

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.
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 6:00am
Learn more about the amazing contributions these 40 individuals have made.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 8:00pm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides comedians Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr. with accounts of hardship in their family trees which may have led them to each find humor in adversity.
Sunday, May 2, 2021 - 9:00pm
This radio special takes you on Ali’s spiritual journey from Christianity to Islam — and what really made him ‘The Greatest.’
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 4:00pm
When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal.


Black Heritage and Culture

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