KUED Celebrates Black History Month

Press Release

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 8:00pm

KUED Celebrates Black History Month with a diverse selection of programs both entertaining and inspiring. 

The celebration kicks off Friday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. with Great Performances: Nas Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop. The groundbreaking hip-hop artist, Nas, performs a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album, Illmatic, with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.

Independent Lens: Winnie, airing Tuesday, February 6 at 11:00 p.m, looks at the woman who was known globally as the wife of Nelson Mandela. The overshadowed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, however, is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seemingly fall from grace in South Africa bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time on screen, Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from Winnie herself, those who were closest to her, and her enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

Friday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. KUED presents an encore of another powerful black woman with the award-winning American Masters film, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.  The Sundance film, the first to be made about the iconic poet/writer/performer, is an intimate personal portrait of Angelou’s life and legacy. KUED also encores Ken Burn’s two-part special, Jackie Robinson, who rose from humble beginnings to integrate Major League Baseball, despite threats and abuse he faced on and off the field.  It airs Saturdays February 17 and 24 at 9:00 p.m.

Independent Lens presents acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities Monday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.  The film shows the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. It reveals the rich history of these colleges and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice, and shows how more than half of all African American professionals are graduates of black colleges and universities.

Filmmaker Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, has produced many films for PBS, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmet Till, and others.  He is currently in production on Seize the Time: The Black Panther Party.  KUED is partnering with the Tanner Humanities Center on his April 4 visit to Salt Lake City to present the 2018 Gardner Lecture in the Humanities & Fine Arts at the Broadway Cinema. The lecture will include a community screening of his film, Freedom Riders.

On Tuesday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m., We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer, reported and produced by Ann Curry, follows two women who are reunited after meeting decades earlier during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In another story, a woman searches for the charismatic civil rights activist whose commitment to nonviolence inspired her own lifelong involvement with social justice causes. 

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