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February 4, 2011

George Hazimanolis


PITTSBURGH—In its 57 year history, WQED Pittsburgh has produced numerous local, state-wide and national specials of significance to the African American community. This February, WQED-TV will air some of these annual favorites including new national productions from PBS in celebration of Black History Month. For a full listing of programs and to view several selections online viewers may go to www.wqed.org/tv

WQED Productions:
Barbershops: PA Stylin’
Sunday, February 6th at 3 p.m.

Award-winning WQED producer and host Chris Moore visits several distinct African American barbershops that share the time-honored tradition practiced by barbers and patrons everywhere. A joyous mix of new ideas and fond nostalgia, Barbershops: PA Stylin’ is the real-life story of one of the longest and liveliest traditions in the black community.
Wylie Avenue Days
Sunday, February 6th at 4 p.m.

The only street in the United States that began at a church and ended at a jail, Wylie Avenue, in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The heyday of Pittsburgh’s Hill District lasted from the 1930s through the 1950s and this eloquent documentary from producer Chris Moore recaptures it all.
Experience “Return to the Roots of Civil Rights”
Monday, February 7th at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, February 8th at Midnight; Thursday February 10th at 10:30 p.m.

Viewers hear from the men and women who were part of the Civil Rights Movement and experience key civil rights locations like the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, North Carolina.
• Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen
Thursday, February 17th at 8 p.m.

The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air. This “Tuskegee Experiment” was run by the military to see if black men were capable of flying complicated engines of war in World War II. These are the stories of those men, their families and other pilots who owe their survival to the heroics of this group of men.
Jim Crow Pennsylvania
Sunday, February 27th at 4 p.m.

The term ‘Jim Crow’ was popularized by a 19th century entertainer who performed an unflattering caricature of a black man. Jim Crow came to be identified with the racist laws that deprived African Americans of their civil rights by defining them as inferior to whites. With historical footage and period photographs and interviews, this documentary explores the effect and legacy of Jim Crow in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Sunday, February 27th at 5 p.m.

Using interviews, photos and archival footage Torchbearers tells the story of Pittsburgh’s civil rights pioneers in the 1950s through the 70s who risked everything for their beliefs.

Local Production:
Newspaper of Record: The Pittsburgh Courier 1907-1965
Sunday, February 6th at 5 p.m. & Thursday, February 10th at 8 p.m.

The leading Black newspaper of the last century was published in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Courier was a “muckraking” crusader in the vanguard of the civil rights movement. With 14 national editions at its peak the Courier reached over 350,000 people. Newspaper of Record includes interviews with former reporters and employees as well as historians.

National Productions:
Independent Lens “When I Rise”
Tuesday, February 8th at 10 p.m.

In 1956 African American students were admitted for the first time to the University of Texas as undergraduates. Alumnus Barbara Smith Conrad tells her story which includes singer/civil rights activist Harry Belafonte intervening on her behalf while still a student to becoming an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano headlining stages around the world.
A Conversation With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Friday, February 11th at 10 p.m.

This hour-long interview provides a rare look into the life and career of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A native of West Virginia, Gates returns to his state of birth to share his story with CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux.
Independent Lens “Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene”
Tuesday, February 15th at 10 p.m.

Petey Greene overcame poverty, drug addiction and prison to “tell it like it is.” Narrated by Don Cheadle, this program looks at his explosive language, brash style and how he battled his own demons to become a leading activist.
Thursday, February 17th at 10:30 p.m.

Gullah tells the story of the descendants of slaves originally brought to St. Helena Island, South Carolina and their preservation of a unique culture.
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968
Friday, February 18th at 10 p.m.

Eight seconds of police gunfire later, three African American students were dead and 27 were left wounded on the campus of South Carolina State College. Followed by four days of student protests, this event marked the first-time in U.S. history that police opened fire on students. Interviews and archival material present various perspectives on that day and the ongoing efforts to seek justice for the victims.
Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance
Friday, February 25th at 10 p.m.

In 1958 several states refused to comply with the United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education including the Commonwealth of Virginia. This documentary tells the story of several counties within Virginia that “locked down” or closed their schools altogether (one for five years) rather than allow black students to enter their schools.
Safe Harbor
Sunday, February 27th at 3 p.m. and Thursday, February 24th at 8 p.m.

In the northernmost corner of Pennsylvania, a little-known passage of freedom in the Underground Railroad helped many slaves to escape. Character voices, re-enactments, documents and diaries create a vivid account of Pennsylvania in the years leading up to the Civil War.

WQED Pittsburgh,
honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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