ETV Celebrates Black History Month with Special Line-up of Events, Programs and Services Taking Place Throughout the Month
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2012
Columbia, SC… This February, South Carolina ETV celebrates Black History Month with a line-up of events, programs and services that truly highlight the enduring contributions that African-Americans have made to the diverse landscape of American society, and in particular, to South Carolina.
- ETV will once again host the South Carolina Council for African American Studies conference workshops on Saturday, Feb. 4. The annual conference helps educators gain valuable resources that highlight best practices and current trends in the teaching of African-American subjects. The day-long event includes a screening of ETV’s “Carolina Stories: A True Likeness,” about the life of South Carolina photographer Richard Samuel Roberts.
- For the 25th year, ETV will partner with Benedict College for its annual Black History Teleconference. The teleconference features five high school students and one Benedict student who question prominent African Americans about their ideas, challenges and achievements. This year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Held on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Columbia, ETV will broadcast the event on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. For more information about this year’s distinguished line-up, click here.
- On Feb. 23 and 24, ETV will also play a part in the National Council of History Education’s Civil Rights Conference, which will be hosted by SC State University, in Orangeburg. The theme, “South Carolina and the Civil Rights Struggle,” will pay tribute to the members of the Friendship Nine, whose historic “Jail, No Bail” stand against discrimination became a national movement. ETV’s “Carolina Stories” documentary of the same name will help launch the conference, and participants can also learn how to use ETV’s accompanying educational website “Road Trip! Through South Carolina’s Civil Rights History.”
Tune to ETV and the South Carolina Channel (SCC) all month long for stories that relay the struggles and triumphs of African Americans. Each week, Carolina Stories, Southern Lens, ETV Classics, The Big Picture, and Connections highlight local people and events that changed our state and our country, including:
- South Carolinians who made great strides in the fight for freedom, justice and equality
- Artists Jonathan Greene, Leo Twiggs, and Richard Samuel Roberts, and musicians Bobby Short and Mabel Mercer
- Cultural exploration of South Carolina’s unique Gullah culture and history
ETV is also premiering several new national productions, including programs that:
- Uncover a hero of the Underground Railroad
- Challenge the assumption that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation
- Seek to abolish Black History Month
View the schedule at http://bit.ly/SCETVBlackHistoryMonth2012
ETV’s educational portal, www.knowitall.org, has several websites that can help teachers and parents enrich the lives of their children while exploring African-American History:
- Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History is a virtual tour of South Carolina’s Civil Rights events: http://www.knowitall.org/roadtrip/
- Gullah Net – Explore Gullah culture, cooking and even hear tales told in the Gullah language: http://www.knowitall.org/gullahnet/
- Tuskeegee Airmen – Learn about South Carolina’s own Tuskeegee Airmen: http://www.knowitall.org/tuskegeeairmen/
- SC African American History Calendar 2012 – Read about the African American role models from the Palmetto State that are in this year’s calendar: http://scafricanamerican.com/
Plus, teachers have even more resources to turn to, including a new eight part series, “The History of Black Achievement” available in StreamlineSC. The series highlights the many contributions of African Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society with their achievements, and shaped the history of the United States.
South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.