The Cost of Inheritance: An America ReFramed Special, is an hour-long documentary co-produced by WQED and the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan, presented in partnership with the WORLD Channel and American Documentary.
The film premiered Jan. 8, 2024 at 10:00 p.m. ET on WQED-TV, PBS, the PBS app, and PBS YouTube.
Catch an encore broadcast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. ET on the WORLD Channel — available in Pittsburgh on broadcast channel 13.3, channel 473 on Verizon FiOS, channel 1013 on Comcast Xfinity, wqed.org and worldchannel.org.
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The Cost of Inheritance is presented by WQED and the WGBH World Channel series America Reframed. Building on key issues of diversity and democracy; slavery and its aftermath; and socio-economic indicators, this documentary puts real people and their family histories into the reparations debate. Personal stories, expert interviews and rich archival materials underscored by evocative music, weaves a narrative around the issue of reparations today so many years after the historical understanding of the end of slavery in America. Noted speakers address the cumulative impact that Reconstruction, Black Laws, Jim Crow, modern day violence, and discrimination added to divergent wealth trajectories and opportunities firmly rooted in the system of enslavement. Individuals seeking to bridge our human divide share their reparations quests and we begin to understand the myriad of initiatives already happening across the country on local, state & national levels to make reparations a reality.
The documentary is a co-production by WQED & the Center for Social Solutions (CSS) at the University of Michigan; Executive Producer: Darryl Ford Williams; Director: Yoruba Richen.