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Panhandle PBS – Content on Race Relations

June 8, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Panhandle PBS - Content on Race Relations
Cullen Lutz Panhandle PBS

Panhandle PBS – content on race relations

Greetings from Panhandle PBS.
Please see the press release on our upcoming series of films and new specials on race in America, beginning Thursday, June 4th. This includes content for broadcast and streaming.

Thank you very much!

Cullen Lutz

As part of national PBS programming, Panhandle PBS will broadcast a series of films and new specials focused on race in America. In addition, Panhandle PBS will share a playlist of programs from FRONTLINE, POV, INDEPENDENT LENS and other iconic series that explore the impact of racism on Black Americans and the larger country.

“As a media system that serves every person in America, we stand with the Black community, and we stand against racism and hate,” said Paula Kerger, President & CEO of PBS. “In the coming days and weeks, we will use our national reach and community presence to deepen understanding, foster conversation and enable meaningful change. And we will continue to stand behind our courageous journalists, whose unwavering commitment to speak truth to power is essential to the strength of our democracy.”

Sharing this content helps Panhandle PBS meet its mission of providing a gathering place for intelligent, trusted community engagement to enlighten, educate and empower the people of the Texas Panhandle.

Panhandle PBS will rebroadcast THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA on Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. The documentary, which first aired in 2017, tells six stories of struggle between people of color and law enforcement in America. It chronicles how families of color attempt to protect their children with “The Talk” — about what to do and how to react if they are stopped by police.

On Friday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m., Panhandle PBS will air a new special, RACE MATTERS: AMERICA IN CRISIS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL. The one-hour program will be anchored by Judy Woodruff with contributions from correspondents Yamiche Alcindor, Amna Nawaz and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. RACE MATTERS: AMERICA IN CRISIS will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system, housing and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders and other newsmakers.

On Friday, June 5 at 9:00 p.m., Panhandle PBS will air JOHN LEWIS – GET IN THE WAY. The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard.

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Twilight: Los Angeles” encores Monday, June 8 at 9:00 p.m. Anna Deavere Smith’s powerful one-woman theater piece gives a riveting account of the violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King verdict and the lasting impact of the Los Angeles riots on America’s conscience. Award-winning director Marc Levin weaves Smith’s stage performance with news footage and interviews to create a portrait of rage, sorrow, loss and battered hope.

AMERICA IN BLACK AND BLUE 2020, which broadcasts on Panhandle PBS Monday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m, will report from across the country, and include interviews with key leaders and participants in the struggle for racial justice, accountability and equity, as well as voices from law enforcement. As the latest crisis of police violence on black citizens — and outraged protests and ensuing violence — engulf the nation, this PBS special will bring context and insight. It will update reporting from the original AMERICA IN BLACK AND BLUE, which first aired in 2016, as well as THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA. Correspondents will report from Minneapolis, Georgia, New York and elsewhere, and interviews from PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND, AMANPOUR AND COMPANY, and other PBS national and local programming will be included. More details are forthcoming.

PBS will stream a full slate of films including Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, a chronicle of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable events; RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, a four-part series that explores the transformative years when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss and African Americans forged a new, more equal place in American social and political life, only to face the backlash of segregation and institutionalized disempowerment whose legacy persists today; and BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, a detailed exploration of how the civil rights movement impacted the country, including successes and failures related to political and economic equality. PBS will also provide Stanley Nelson’s award-winning film THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION, a riveting look at an earlier era of conflict and how the Black Panthers provided community services while advocating for more radical national change.

All films will also be available for streaming on PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. Panhandle PBS station members will be able to view all episodes via Passport (contact Panhandle PBS for details).

The programs below will also be included as part of the curated collection, streaming for free, and providing greater context. These titles are provided in association with Black Public Media.

INDEPENDENT LENS “Always in Season”
A grieving mother embarks on a quest for racial justice after her teenage son’s suspicious death.

Get to know the people on the front lines of three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore.

INDEPENDENT LENS “The First Rainbow Coalition”
Notable community groups in 1960s Chicago bridge race and ethnicity to form a surprising alliance.