Release Date: 
Fri, 01/30/2015


(Rochester, NY) January 30, 2015 –  In honor of Black History Month, WXXI will present a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the African-American experience throughout February. WXXI-TV kicks off its special programming Monday, February 9 at 9 p.m. with Celebrating Black Americana, an Antiques Roadshow presentation, where an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color and an African-American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire, are appraised.  Also beginning February 9 and running through February 27 Classical 91.5 brings its listeners African American Voices, three-minute vignettes that tell stories through words, interview clips and music about the contributions of African American classical musicians. Featured in the series are: Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman and Paul Robeson, composers George Walker and Francis Johnson, conductor James DePreist, pianist André Watts and more.

In the documentary genre, WXXI-TV presents two new Independent Lens films: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, airing Monday, February 16 at 10 p.m., which tells the story of pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations of people, from slavery to present; and American Denial, airing Monday, February 23 at 10 p.m., which uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still affect notions of race and class today. American Denial will also screen at the Little Theatre on Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. From American Masters, WXXI-TV also airs August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on Friday, February 20 at 9 p.m. The film examines the legacy of August Wilson, whom some call America’s Shakespeare, in honor of the 70th anniversary of his birth and 10th anniversary of his death.

For a complete list of programs, visit WXXI.org/bh.

WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to
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