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Black History Month Recognized with Special Programming on KCET Starts Tonight

KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, announced today a slate of programming that celebrates February as Black History Month featuring historical figures such as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. This lineup of documentaries will give viewers a unique window into the history, as well as the social and civil rights issues, defining the black experience in the United States that continues today. The programming lineup will begin Tuesday, February  6 AT 10 p.m. on KCET in Southern California. 

The lineup will telecast as follows (*subject to change):

FIGHTING ON BOTH FRONTS: THE STORY OF THE 370TH – TUES., FEB. 6 AT 10 P.M. 

This documentary tells the little-known story of a unit of African-American soldiers from Illinois who fought in combat for the United States under the French during World War I. 

KARAMU: 100 YEARS IN THE HOUSE – TUES., FEB. 6 AT 10:30 P.M.          

Narrated by JAMES PICKENS JR. from ABC television’s, Grey’s Anatomy, this documentary tells the story of Karamu House, a place that has come to be known as a respected training ground and launching pad for many nationally known actors, playwrights and artists: including poet and playwright LANGSTON HUGHES as well as author, folklorist and anthropologist ZORA NEALE HURSTON. 

1964: THE FIGHT FOR A RIGHT – TUES., FEB 13 AT 10 P.M. WITH STREAMING AVAILABLE ON KCET.ORG          

By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African-Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name – Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi African-Americans fought to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The struggle for voting rights is still pertinent since according to the NAACP, states have recently passed the most laws limiting voter participation since Jim Crow. 

MR. CIVIL RIGHTS: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE NAACP – TUES., FEB. 20 AT 10 P.M. WITH STREAMING AVAILABLE ON KCET.ORG 

This documentary incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to explore MARSHALL’S life in the years leading up to the landmark _Brown v. Board of Education_ ruling. 

EVERYONE HAS A PLACE – TUES., FEB. 27 AT 10 P.M. 

This is a short musical documentary featuring a ground-breaking collaboration of jazz, gospel and vocals. This body of work is entitled, “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” composed by prolific American musician WYNTON MARSALIS. 

GRACEFUL VOICES – TUES., FEB. 27 AT 10:30 P.M. 

During the land boom of the 1920s, real estate developer GEORGE MERRICK launched his dream of creating America’s first fully planned community, Coral Gables – known as the “Miami Riviera.” Behind the grand gates of Coral Gables is the MacFarlane Homestead Historic District, developed as a black residential neighborhood by Merrick, where many Bahamian immigrants built homes that have been in their families for generations. 

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