Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Black History Month: Celebrating Our Heritage

As you know, February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the important role that African-Americans have played in the history and development of our country. In honor of this celebration, both PeachStar and GPTV will be airing a number of programs that tell the story of important contributions that African-Americans have made to our shared history. Look for these favorites to air on PeachStar throughout the month:

* Civil Rights: The Long Road to Equity
* George Washington Carver
* Georgia Stories
* Great Black Innovators
* Jazz: A Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald
* The People's House
* The Road to Freedom: A Documentary History of African-Americans
* Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery
* We Shall Overcome: A History of the Civil Rights Movement
* Check the program listings for broadcast dates and times.

GPTV is airing several excellent programs that you might want to consider using in the classroom to help address Black History Month as well. As with all programming unfamiliar to you, teachers should be sure to watch these programs closely before showing them in class as some may have language or content that might be sensitive for some students.

American Experience/ Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

This video tells the story of one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of nine falsely accused African-American teens would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions, and give birth to the Civil Rights Movement. Visit for primary sources and further reading relating to this incident.

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

This video tells the story of a group of young ex-slaves in post-Civil War Tennessee who set out on a mission to save their financially troubled school by giving concerts. The Jubilee Singers introduced audiences to the power of spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery. A portrait of faith, music, and sacrifice.

The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices

This video views World War II through the eyes of the more than one million African American service men and women who gave their loyalty and their lives to protect a country that denied them the very freedoms for which they were fighting.