NPT is observing Black History Month with a number of exciting programs celebrating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans. Here’s an overview of February’s offerings:
Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. Shakespeare Uncovered features Morgan Freeman investigating the origins of The Taming of the Shrew. Freeman was the star of a Wild West staging of the play 1990. Following that episode, British actor David Harewood—the first black actor to portray Othello’s title role at London’s National Theatre—discusses the play with Adrian Lester, the most recent Othello. Watch a Preview
Monday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. An Antiques Roadshow compilation show includes items related to the history of African Americans. Watch a Preview
Monday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. Thomas Allen Harris’ Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People premieres on Independent Lens. The critically acclaimed documentary presents photographic portrayals of African Americans by African Americans spanning the advent of the medium to the present day. Watch a Preview
Playwright August Wilson (1945-2005)
Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. American Masters honors Pulitzer- and Tony-award-winning playwright August Wilson. August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes rarely seen interviews with Wilson, new dramatic reading of his works and interviews with celebrated actors who’ve appeared in Wilson’s plays.
Monday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. This week, Independent Lens presents American Denial, a film that uses Gunnar Myrdal’s innovative research into the Jim Crow-era racism as a starting point for a look at how unconscious biases affect race relations in the U.S. Join us Saturday, Feb. 21, for a free Community Cinema event at Nashville’s main library for a screening of American Denial followed by a panel discussion. Watch a Preview
Black History Month programming on NPT is made possible through the financial support of Baker Donelson.