Black History Month

WQED broadcasts programming created by and about African-Americans year-round, engaging viewers in an exploration of Black History. In addition to documentaries airing in February commemorating the contributions of African-Americans, throughout 2020 WQED will also feature local and national programs about moments in history that helped shape race relations today.

Watch on WQED-TV

Monday, Feb 1

7:30pm | The Good Fight

Tuesday, Feb 2

9:00pm | American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till

Thursday, Feb 4

8:00pm | Childhood Lost: The Adultification of African American Girls

8:30pm | A Beacon for Change: The Pittsburgh Courier Story

Sunday, Feb 7

12:00pm | Wylie Avenue Days

1:00pm | Torchbearers

2:00pm | Barbershops: PA Stylin’

3:00pm | American Experience: Freedom Riders

5:00pm | An Evening with Diahann Carroll

Monday, Feb 8

7:30pm | Civil Rights: Witnesses to History

9:00pm | American Experience: Goin’ Back to T-Town

Thursday, Feb 11

8:00pm | We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

Friday, Feb 12

10:00pm | Dave Chapelle: The Mark Twain Prize

Sunday, Feb 14

12:00pm | The Good Fight

12:30pm | A Beacon for Change

1:00pm | Civil Rights: Witnesses to History

1:30pm | Return to the Roots of Civil Rights

2:00pm | We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

3:00pm | American Experience: Freedom Summer

5:00pm | The Historymakers: A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Monday, Feb 15

7:30pm | Come By Here: A History of Five Churches

9:00pm | American Experience: Voice of Freedom

Tuesday, Feb 16

8:00pm | Finding Your Roots: Write My Name in the Book of Life

9:00pm | The Black Church: This Our Story, This is Our Song PART ONE

Friday, Feb 19

9:00pm | Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Sunday, Feb 21

12:00pm | Let ‘Em Know You’re There

12:30pm | Flyboys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen

1:30pm | Come By Here: A History of Five Churches

3:00pm | Marching Forward

4:00pm | The Ansfield Wolf Book Awards

5:00pm | An Evening with B.B. King

Monday, Feb 22

7:30pm | Memories of the March

10:00pm | Independent Lens: Mr. Soul!

Tuesday, Feb 23

9:00pm | The Black Church: This Our Story, This is Our Song PART TWO

Thursday, Feb 25

8:30pm | Return to the Roots of Civil Rights

9:00pm | Jazz: Risk

Friday, Feb 26

9:00pm | Independent Lens: Mr. Soul!

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Madame Dawson's Opera Company

Preservationists are working to save the grand old Victorian home on Apple Street in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood - and for good reason.

Come By Here: A History of Five Churches

These are the histories of five of them: a church with ties to the Underground Railroad.

Return to the Roots of Civil Rights

See the journey of four Western Pennsylvanians in 2006 as they made their way from one Civil Rights milestone to another on an eight day trip.

Portrayal & Perception: African-American Men and Boys

This documentary focuses on teenagers excelling in school, volunteering as mentors, and working hard to make a difference among their peers.

Civil Rights: Witnesses To History

WQED shares the unforgettable memories and rare photographs of Civil Rights era activists.


Revisit Pittsburgh's struggles during the so-called golden era of civil rights, and meet many of the men and women who lit the way for the generations that followed.

Nazi Olympics

Most know the 1936 Olympics, held in Nazi Germany, for the amazing feats of African American athlete Jessie Owens, but these Olympics held many more surprises.

Duke Spaulding

As a piano tuner ,George H. Spaulding helped perfect the performances of local stars, but he is first a musician, known simply as The Duke.

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.

Shona Sharif African Drum

African dance is an art form with a vast history. Shona Sharif African Dance Ensemble educates the community in this centuries old culture.

American Legion Post 450

Post 450 has a special meaning to the black residents of Sewickley who proudly celebrate that small borough’s tradition of military service.

A Beautiful Life

Through old photos and film Horizons chronicles 102 year old Mrs. Lillian Allen's entrepreneurship during the heyday of the Hill District.

New Hope for the Hill District

Chris Moore reports on a positive, new surge in housing and economic development for Pittsburgh's Hill District.

Lavelle Retrospective

Chris Moore takes a look at the life and work of Robert Lavelle Sr., founder of Dwelling House Savings and Loan, one of the few black-owned banks in Pennsylvania.

Haiti Baptist Ministries

Contributor Harold Hayes looks at a local connection to the concern about Haiti not only since the earthquake, but long before then.

Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Queloides or Keloids are wound-induced pathological scars. This art exhibit directly from Cuba examines the scars of the seldom discussed issue of racism in Cuba.

The Pittsburgh Courier

To celebrate the newspaper's 100th anniversary, the Heinz History Center presents a new exhibition- America's Best Weekly: A Century of the Pittsburgh Courier.

All That Jazz

Charles Cottrell was a pianist in the heyday of jazz in Pittsburgh. He remembers those days when he and all the Pittsburgh greats he played with made the city a mecca for jazz.

The Teenie Harris Archive Project

Charles "Teenie" Harris died in the late 1990s leaving behind thousands of negatives and photographs of Pittsburgh's black community in the early 20th century.

Roger Humphries

Roger Humphries is a legendary jazz drummer who learned to play from people like Art Blakey. Blakey urged Humphries to pass on his jazz knowledge to the younger set and that is just what he did.

Wes Lyons and Shaun Robinson

Michael Bartley is joined by Shawn Robinson and Wes Lyons to talk about what they are doing to try and make a difference in the lives of at risk youth.

Patricia Prattis Jennings

She was the principal keyboardist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for four decades before retiring. Hear from Patricia Prattis Jennings about her successful career as a musician.

Thelma Lovette's YMCA

Thelma Lovett has been a tireless advocate for her community. WQED's Minette Seate visits the Hill District's Thelma Lovett YMCA, named in her honor.

Memories of the March: Pittsburgh Stories

Fifty years ago, a quarter of a million people gathered in our nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Pittsburgh area men and women share their thoughts of that day.

Portrayal & Perception: African-American Men & Boys

Media Men: This episode continues a series that reports on African American men and boys in positive and mentoring roles. "Media Men" focuses on communications careers.

Gwen Elliott Remembered

Gwen Elliott, the first black woman to become a commander in the Pittsburgh Police department. The former Pittsburgh Police commander will be remembered for her dedication to the community which included starting "Gwen's Girls" a group home that aims to give at-risk girls the education, training and services to support themselves and their children.

Funding for Black History Month programming on WQED is sponsored by Highmark BCBS and Equitrans Midstream