We wrote about this in an earlier post, and feel very strongly about the quality of our Black History Month programming this month. It’s still nice, however, when we read about it someplace else. Gannett has done a fine job of summarizing the great PBS programming this month, and the Tennessean today points out where and when you can tune in on npt-Channel 8.
Mike Hughes of Gannett News service writes that PBS’s programming “…puts PBS several steps ahead of many networks, which pay little attention to the month.”
“Television may have done a strong job of integrating its fictional workplaces. These days, its cop shops, courthouses and hospitals offer diversity.
“But TV has few shows relating to the black experience.”
You can see our complete lineup of special programming for the month on our web site, but we just want to point out a few shows NPT will air that may not be on the national PBS schedule.
These include the broadcast premiere of A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES LAWSON ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 9:30 P.M. In this NPT original production, one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in Nashville shares his story and discusses the important role the city played in the national struggle for racial equality.
On THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 15 and 22, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., NPT airs an encore presentation of UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON, the film by Ken Burns the chronicles the life and career of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th century.
Have a great weekend!