They are senior citizens now, but during the early 1960s, their youthful actions reshaped America. WQED shares the unforgettable memories and rare photographs of Civil Rights era activists including the Reverend C.T. Vivian, Sister Patricia McCann, and freedom singer Rutha Harris, who all fought against segregation and for African-Americans' right to vote.
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Civil Rights: Witnesses To History
They are senior citizens now, but during the early 1960s, their youthful actions reshaped America. WQED shares the unforgettable memories and rare photographs of Civil Rights era...
Most know the 1936 Olympics, held in Nazin Germany, for the amazing feats of African American athlete Jessie Owens, who smashed theories of "Aryan" superiority...
George H. Spaulding is a world class musician and a legend in Pittsburgh's music scene. As a piano tuner, he's helped perfect the local performances of Liberace, Andre Watt...
Slave To Soldier
This exhibit at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland chronicles the epic struggle of enslaved Africans who fought for their freedom in the Civil War. OnQ's Chris Moore reports.
Shona Sharif African Drum
African dance is an art form with a vast history. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble educates students, as well as the entire Pittsburgh...
American Legion Post 450
Like many other American Legion posts, Walter Robinson Post 450 in Sewickley is suffering from declining membership and difficulty maintaining its financial footing. Post 450...
A Beautiful Life
102 year old Mrs. Lillian Allen talks to Chris Moore about a life well lived. Through old photos and film Horizons chronicles Mrs. Allen's entrepreneurship during the heyday...
New Hope for the Hill District
For many years Pittsburgh's Hill District has struggled to regain its former glory. Through good times and bad, residents have kept hoping and fighting for true renewal....
Black History Programming on WQED-TV
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – Sun, 2/2 & 2/9 from 3pm - 6pm
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 right up to present day -- when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. 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.
Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit – Sun, 2/2 at 6pm
The story of Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became one of the most celebrated athletes in the world after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens attended the Ohio State University where he ran track and shattered many collegiate records. This program looks at the impact Owens had after he finished competing and his long relationship with Ohio State.
POV "American Promise" – Mon, 2/3 at 10pm
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y.., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
Barber Shops: PA Stylin’ – Thur, 2/6 at 8pm & Sun, 2/9 at 12Noon
In traditional documentary style, "Barbershops: PA Stylin'" host Chris Moore visits several distinctly different yet similar African American barbershops that share a time-honored tradition practiced by barbers and patrons everywhere. By broadening the scope of the original special, "Barbershops: PA Stylin'" includes barbershops from greater Philadelphia, Reading, Johnstown, Lancaster and Pittsburgh, PA. As the camera prowls the shops showing the barbers at their work,it reveals their true vocation as advisors, confessors, sounding boards, comedians and touchstones for their customers. "Barbershops: PA Stylin'" explores in an obtrusive fashion, the camaraderie and conflicts that fueled the successful Hollywood film with the similar title. Politics, romance, race relations, and even hair care are discussed with the honesty and humor that have kept generations of men snug in their elevated barber's chairs while the rest of the world zooms by on their way to their "stylists." 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.
Classical WQED-FM 89.3
WQED-FM will be celebrating Black History Month throughout the month of February.
Listen everyday for classical music written by an African-American or performed by an African-American musician.