PBS will be making the following titles available for FVOD (general streaming)
Tell Them We Are Rising on Independent Lens - THROUGH FEBRUARY 2021
Rat Film on Independent Lens - THROUGH AUGUST 20, 2020
John Lewis: Get in the Way – THROUGH JULY 5, 2020
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
Reconstruction: America After the Civil War - THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2020
June 22 & 29 at Noon on KMOS-HD Channel 6.`
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. looks at the last 50 years of African-American history - from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyonce - charting the remarkable progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
Fly Brother with Ernest White II
Wednesdays at 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.
A travel docu-series about friendship and connection around the world, featuring storyteller and explorer Ernest White II. Ernest's real-life friends show him a city or region from their perspective. With a focus on connecting with the people as well as the place, Fly Brother proves that the whole world is our tribe.Throughout the season we explore a common thread that bonds these destinations together, such as food, faith, natural elements, and culture.
July 3 at 11:30 a.m.
This documentary tells a rare story of success. In Newark, New Jersey, where the average high school graduation rate is abysmal. St. Benedict's Prep is the exception - with a near 100 percent college acceptance rate. See a profile of the school and the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey to learn how they achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African-American and Latino teenage boys.
Talking Black in America
July 6 at 7 p.m.
This documentary follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American language. Speech varieties in African American communities reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality.
Also airs: July 9 at 10 a.m. / July 12 at 11 p.m. / July 18 at 1:30 p.m./ July 19 at 8 a.m. / July 27 at 2 a.m.
Signing Black in America
July 13 at 7 p.m.
Highlights the history and development of Black American Sign Language, a vibrant dialect that today conveys an identity and sense of belonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community.
Also airs: July 16 at 10 a.m. / July 25 at 1:30 p.m. / July 26 at 8 a.m. / July 26 at 11 p.m.
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Monday, July 13 - Saturday, July 18, 5 p.m.
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America's top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.
Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
July 25 at 5 p.m.
A chronicle of the life of Theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and "mystic" who used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change. Thurman was born the grandson of slaves in segregated Daytona, Florida who become one of the great spiritual and religious pioneers of the 20th century. His words and influence continue to echo today. His landmark book, “Jesus and the Disinherited,” was the first to state that Jesus Christ - who was born in poverty as part of a powerless minority - lived a life that spoke directly to black Americans.
Independent Lens: Tre, Maison and Dasan
July 27 at 5 p.m.
Explore the lives of three of the estimated one in 14 American children with a parent in prison. Take an emotional look at relationships tested by separation and the challenges of growing up with a parent behind bars.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: American Masters
July 28 at 10 a.m.
Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances.
Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro
July 28 at 5 p.m.
This film envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Independent Lens: The First Rainbow Coalition
July 29 at 5 p.m.
In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city to have an outsize impact: Breaking down barriers between communities, it created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for future activists and politicians across the nation.