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What to watch during Black History Month on KCTS 9

Celebrate Black History Month with KCTS 9. 

We're airing special Black History Month programs all February long. Brand new episodes of KCTS 9 shows and new documentaries will showcase black history, trailblazers and issues facing African-Americans. We’ll also rebroadcast some of our favorite programs from Black History Months past. So, here’s what to watch during Black History Month on KCTS 9.

Independent Lens: The First Rainbow Coalition     

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. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. Don’t miss this Independent Lens documentary, Saturday, February 1, at 11:30 p.m. 

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Marcus Samuelsson

No Passport Required: “Houston”          

Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Houston -- America's most diverse city -- to explore the food and culture of its Nigerian and West African community. “Houston” airs Tuesday, February 3, at 1:00 p.m. Catch the rest of the season Mondays at 9:00 p.m. 

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Africa's Great Civilizations

Africa’s Great Civilizations 

In his six-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This series encore, airing Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m., kicks off on February 5. 

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Poetry in America: Harlem 

President Bill Clinton, pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, poet Sonia Sanchez and students from the Harlem Children's Zone interpret Langston Hughes's most iconic poem, 'Harlem' with series host Elisa New. Poetry in America: Harlem airs Tuesday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. 

Finding Your Roots: “Slave Trade”    

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys with film director Ava DuVernay, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and musician Questlove to the unexpected places where their ancestors were scattered by slavery, upending their notions of African- American history. “Slave Trade” airs Tuesday, February 11, at 8:00 p.m. Watch the rest of the season Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. 

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The Fight

American Experience: “The Fight” 

“The Fight” explores the famous 1938 heavyweight bout and finds two men, German Max Schmeling and American Joe Louis, who, in the shadow of war, became reluctant symbols of equality and supremacy, democracy and fascism. This episode airs Tuesday, February 11, at 9:00 p.m.

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Uncovering America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.   

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a leading figure in American cultural life and one of its most renowned, respected and popular cultural historians and personalities. Gates has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films. Learn more about his work Sunday, February 23, at 1:00 p.m. 

Maya Angelou

American Masters: Maya Angelou  

Journey through the prolific life of the 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. This special airs Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. 

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Miles Davis

American Masters: Miles Davis       

The definition of “cool” can be summed up by the name Miles Davis. The quintessential “Renaissance Man” known for his restless artistic aesthetic, is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and highly respected figures in music. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premieres Tuesday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m. 

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up         

The documentary examines the life of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, offering first-hand accounts by those who knew her and worked side by side with her in the struggle for voting rights. Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up airs Wednesday, February 26, at 4:30 p.m.

Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man

For the first, and possibly only, time ever, watch legends of rock 'n' roll honor the man they agree started it all, Chuck Berry. Superstars of rock like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Lynne and more were filmed at the heights of their own careers performing the work of Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man airs Tuesday, February 29, at 9:30 p.m.

*Due to restrictions beyond our control, streaming is available for U.S. viewers only.