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AETN celebrates Black History Month throughout February

Posted 29 Jan 2015

In honor of Black History Month, the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and PBS has released a programming lineup and online content offerings that will enrich viewers' understanding of black history and culture. As part of the commitment to provide diverse programming and resources year round, AETN and PBS will offer special new episodes and encore programming from popular titles, all of which will stream online after broadcast on the PBS Black Culture Connection (BCC) at pbs.org/bcc.

Beginning in February, 'Antiques Roadshow' premieres 'Celebrating Black Americana,' where, among other items, participants bring for appraisal an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color and an African-American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire. On 'Genealogy Roadshow,' participants in New Orleans explore family links to the Civil War and connections to the famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

'Independent Lens' airs the documentary 'Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,' which tells the story of pioneering black photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations of people, from slavery to present.

'American Masters' premieres 'August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand,' which examines the legacy of August Wilson, whom some call America's Shakespeare, in honor of the 70th anniversary of his birth and 10th anniversary of his death. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and life experience of bringing Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage.

Also airing in February is 'Shakespeare Uncovered,' with programs that combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts, including Morgan Freeman and David Harewood, to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

In addition to on-air programs, the PBS BCC (pbs.org/bcc), an extension of PBS.org featuring black films, stories and discussion across PBS, will debut several new 'Top 10' lists with recommendations for must-see documentaries and must-read authors, as well as little-known black history facts.

The full Black History Month programming lineup is listed below and will also be available for online streaming on the BCC after premiere:

AETN PBS LearningMedia – PBS' destination for educators and students – offers a range of curriculum-targeted resources that support lessons on black history and spotlight the leaders, thinkers and innovators that helped shape the nation's history. Through discussion questions, worksheets, videos and digitized primary sources, AETN PBS LearningMedia helps teachers to promote inquiry in their classrooms and strengthen students' personal connection to black history and culture. More information on the latest digital resources for classroom instruction is available at aetn.pbslearningmedia.org.

A complete schedule and additional programs are available at aetn.org/schedule.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).