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February 4, 2013

George Hazimanolis


PITTSBURGH—In its 60 year history, WQED Pittsburgh has produced various local, state-wide and national specials to not only celebrate, but show the cultural significance of the African American community. This February, WQED-TV will air new national productions from PBS along with some annual favorites in celebration of Black History Month. Memories of the March, a new local program, will include interviews with Pittsburgh natives who attended the march recounting how that momentous event changed their lives and continues to shape them.

WQED-FM will also recognize Black History Month with a lineup throughout the month including classical music written and/or performed by African Americans artists.

For a full list of programs go to: http://www.wqed.org/tv/blackhistorymonth/.

WQED Productions:

Barbershops: PA Stylin’
Thursday, February 6th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 9th at Noon

In true documentary style, Barbershops follows host Chris Moore as he visits several Pennsylvania locations that demonstrate the culture of camaraderie that still exists today among barbershops in the African American community.
Memories of the March: Pittsburgh Stories (New)
Thursday, February 13th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 23rd at 2:30 p.m.

Men and women from Western Pennsylvania who attended the march recount that momentous event, explaining how it changed their lives and continues to shape their present-day actions.
Experience “Return to the Roots of Civil Rights”
Sunday, February 23rd at 2 p.m.

WQED follows a group of Western Pennsylvanians who journeyed to the sites of America’s Civil Rights struggle. Covering 2,600 miles from Beaver Falls, PA to cities in the Deep South, participants explored historic locations and met many who helped abolish segregation.
Jim Crow Pennsylvania
Sunday, February 23rd at 3 p.m.

Through historical footage, period photographs and interviews, this documentary
explores ‘Jim Crow,’ and its effect and legacy in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania showcasing individuals and events like African American steelworkers and the 1911 lynchings in Coatesville, PA.
WQED Presents: K. Leroy Irvis – The Lion in Pennsylvania
Thursday, February 27th at 8 p.m.

This Chris Moore-hosted documentary follows the life of K. Leroy Irvis, through his formative years, his struggles as an activist and his commitment to achieve social justice for all Pennsylvanians, which he fought tirelessly for during his time as the longest-serving Pennsylvania House Speaker.

National Productions:

• American Masters “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” (New)
Friday, February 7th at 9 p.m.

Most famous for her novel, The Color Purple, this show introduces the back story of writer/activist Alice Walker from her beginnings in rural Georgia to becoming the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Featured interviews with notable people including Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Walker herself.
• The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston (New)
Sunday, February 9th at 6 p.m.

Showcase on Hurston’s life, work, and philosophies, concentrating on her very productive but often overlooked, final decade through the use of expert interviews, personal letters, and archival photographs of the American literary icon.
• Independent Lens “Spies of Mississippi” (New)
Monday, February 10th at 10 p.m.

This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.
• The Education of Harvey Gantt (New)
Thursday, February 13th at 8:30 p.m.

Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, this program tells a pivotal, yet largely forgotten story of desegregation: of Harvey Gantt as the first African American student admitted to Clemson University. Interviews, archival footage, and reenactments illuminate the events leading up his enrollment and the impact it had on the state and the nation.
• Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War (New)
Thursday, February 13th at 10:30 p.m.

This documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the Civil War, featuring interviews with Civil War scholars, historical reenactments, and primary readings from figures such as Frederick Douglass and William Seward.
• One Night in March (New)
Thursday, February 20th at 10:30 p.m.

This award-winning documentary recounts the 1962-1963 season of Mississippi State University’s men’s basketball team as they risked their safety and futures to compete in the NCAA national championship against integrated teams.
• Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin
Sunday, February 23rd at 4 p.m.

Through dramatic reenactments, evocative readings from Griffin’s book, and strong archival materials and interviews, this biography looks at the life of the remarkable social activist who, in 1959, disguised himself as black and traveled anonymously through the heart of Dixie, cataloguing his experiences.
• Facing Forward (New)
Sunday, February 23rd at 5 p.m.

This program takes viewers to the cultural battlefield of E Prep School in Cleveland, where teachers and administrators strive to transform at-risk youth into self-assured, productive individuals. Ultimately a success story, it follows student Tyree through his struggles at the school, expulsion, and eventual high school graduation.
• Stokes: An American Dream
Sunday, February 23rd at 6 p.m.

This program profiles the lives of Louis and Carl Stokes who, despite their impoverished childhood in Depression-era Cleveland achieved law careers and political prominence during the civil rights era. Features recollections from President Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson.
• Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey (New)
Thursday, February 27th at 9 p.m.

Award-winning director Abby Ginzberg’s film transports viewers through the inspiring life and work of one of the first African American federal judges in the United States and chronicles the impact of his decisions on the lives of millions.
• An Evening With Ursula Burns (New)
Thursday, February 27th at 10 p.m.

Hosted by Gwen Ifill, this interview provides a rare inside look into the life and career of the business icon Ursula Burns, as she rose from a poor upbringing to become the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company.

WQED Multimedia presents these programs for Black History Month with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Niagara and the University of Pittsburgh.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.2 million members through the company's health care benefits business and employs more than 5,000 people in western Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmarkbcbs.com.

First Niagara Financial Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $37 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across New York, New England, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.

The University of Pittsburgh: An internationally renowned public research university founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is a leading center of learning and research in the arts, sciences, humanities, professions, and health sciences. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a by-invitation-only organization of 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America. With 16 schools and colleges and 34,000 students on five campuses, the University offers nearly 400 distinct degree programs and confers approximately 8,000 degrees annually. In research, Pitt ranks fifth among all U.S. universities in terms of the competitive grants awarded to members of its faculty by the National Institutes of Health. Pitt consistently ranks among the country’s leading U.S. public research universities, according to The Top American Research Universities report issued by the Center for Measuring University Performance.
For more information, visit http://www.pitt.edu/.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 140 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

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