Black History Month Programming

WGTE Public Media is proud to celebrate black history this February and all year round! We invite you to watch and listen to a new slate of programs and join timely and improtant conversations about race in America. Learn and explore the history, remarkable stories and independent documentaries about race both locally and nationally. 

WGTE FM Programming

Witness: Black History Month
Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m.

The BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of African American history, told by the people who were there. Selected from its Witness program, audiences will hear the story of America's first major-party black candidate for president; meet one of the founding members of the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers; and Ruby Bridges talks about being escorted to school by U.S. Marshals. This special will repeat Thursday,  February 15 at 7 p.m.

WGTE HD Programming

Great Performances: NAS Live from the Kennedy Center
Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m.

Two decades after the album’s critically acclaimed release, hip-hop artist Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic,” one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history.

Independent Lens: Winnie
Monday, February 5 at 10 p.m.

Most globally known as the wife of Nelson Mandela, the overshadowed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures.

Toledo Stories: Undefeated: The Chuck Ealey Story
Thursday, February 8 at 8 p.m.

WGTE looks at the history and the legacy of the '60s and '70s through the inspiring life of UT Quarterback Chuck Ealey. Experience the joys and the highs, the electricity and the love, the pains and the sorrows, the perseverance and fight for equality.

POV: Do Not Resist
Monday, February 12 at 10 p.m.

A vital and influential exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Do Not Resist puts viewers in the center of the action . 

Toledo Stories: Tatum Legacy - Musician Art Tatum
Thursday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

 Nearly blind, Art Tatum's artistic vision and ability made him an icon of jazz piano. 

American Masters: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Friday, February 16 at 9 p.m. 

As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, Dr. Maya Angelou inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Trace her incredible journey through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.

Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Monday, February 19 at 9 p.m.

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years — yet remains largely unknown.

We'll Meet Again: Freedom Summer
Tuesday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

Toledo Stories: Cornerstones: The African Americans
Thursday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
African Americans came to Toledo seeking freedom. Denied many opportunities based on the color of their skin, they energized Toledo by building their own churches, business and institutions, many of which remain active today. Celebrate the lives and the legacy of community leaders like Ella P. Stewart and Art Tatum. 

American Masters: B.B. King
Friday, February 23 at 10 p.m.

B.B. King was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years