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! 

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Featured Programming

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 6:00am
Learn more about the amazing contributions these 40 individuals have made.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 12:00pm
Join us for a weekly series of virtual events to accompany the airing of the PBS Future of Work Series. Conversations include discussion of topics involving the future of work addressing quality career paths, addressing issues of race and equity, the impact of technology, lessons from young workers, continuing to work longer, women's roles in the workplace and supporting mental health. 

Black Heritage and Culture

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. 
The Washington Post explores the life and experiences of the man who sparked a movement. Listen to the Podcast.
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.
Join the PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz as she talks with the Center For Policing Equity’s Tracie Keesee and journalist Justin Ellis as they take your questions on the state of police reforms and other calls to action around the country.  Watch On-Demand
A look at America a year after the death of George Floyd, including communities around the U.S. that have seen protests, police killings and hate crimes in this PBS Newshour Special Report. Watch On-Demand
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.
A collection of films by and about individuals regarding race 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.
A collection of films by and about individuals amplifying and affirming black voices 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.
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

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 4:30pm
Join American Experience for a conversation commemorating the 1921 Tulsa massacre
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.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 7:00pm
Register for FREE webinar for grades 9-12 educators on Un(re)solved and how the often little-known stories it tells can enrich and expand our knowledge of the civil rights era. Learn about classroom-ready resources that encourage high school students to confront America’s legacy and understand the history of racial killings that went unresolved and justice that has proved elusive for decades.
Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 4:00pm
Explore the trailblazing life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 9:00pm
Explore the trailblazing life and 70-year career of the iconic Latina actor, performer and activist.


Black Heritage and Culture

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