WQED programs to focus on Black History Month

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WQED will run a full slate of programming during Black History Month, beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 3. "The Black Kungfu Experience" traces the rise of black Kungfu in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. This film focuses on how a group of African-American pioneers became respected masters in a subculture dominated by Chinese and Caucasian men.

• "The Abolitionists: American Experience" (4 p.m. Feb. 3) is a series that tells the stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and abolitionist allies.

• "An Evening With Berry Gordy" (10 p.m. Feb. 11) was filmed before a live audience with Gwen Ifill conducting the interview. Performers include Valerie Simpson, KEM, Redfoo and LMFAO.

• "Underground Railroad: The William Still Story" (10:30 p.m. Feb. 15) chronicles the plight of black abolitionists building the Underground Railroad.

• "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" (10 p.m. Feb. 18) is an "Independent Lens" documentary tracing the civil rights advocate's controversial fight for equality.

• "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll" (9 p.m. Feb. 22) is an "American Masters" special about the woman who inspired others through her gospel music.

• "Slavery by Another Name" (10 p.m. Feb. 22), filmed in Alabama and Georgia, examines how slavery continued to affect American life decades after the Emancipation Proclamation.

• "The Evolution of the Nation of Islam" (6 p.m. Feb. 24) follows the growth of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam movement.

For a complete list of programs, go to www.wqed.org/tv.


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