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It’s February 1st which means to get ready for the onslaught of all things “black” over the next 29 days (we get a special day this year!). While I’m sure we are all set for the Popeye’s chicken specials and our housewives of Atlanta taking over Africa, PBS has taken a more thoughtful and inclusive approach to celebrating our history-United States’ history. Beginning on February 2nd, PBS will begin showing aspects of the black experience through its Independent Lens series.
Throughout the month three documentaries will air highlighting black feminism, black power, and the idea that Black History Month is not necessary anymore in the way that it was imagined. Things are kicking off with Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock and continuing with the uber insightful Black Power Mistape 1967-1975 and finishing up with what looks to be a very thought-provoking look at the current state of Black History Month with More Than a Month by filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman.
I hope this period of learning and reflection will serve as a springboard to continue this dialogue rooted in US culture and history throughout the year.