Black History Month on SCETV

Black History Month on SCETV

This month SCETV celebrates Black History Month. Look below for upcoming programming.

On SCETV: 

  • Carolina Stories: Jail No Bail (February 4 at 8:30 p.m.) Narrated by award-winning actor Keith David, this 30-minute-long documentary is a poignant examination of the personal trials and adversities that tested the character and resolve of the Friendship Nine who, through non-violent protest, helped compel a nation to abandon segregationist practices between the races.
  • Carolina Stories: The Education of Harvey Gantt (February 4 at 10:30 p.m.) 
    Desegregation of Clemson College leads the way to changes in public policy and civil rights in South Carolina.
  • Reel South: UnMarked (February 11 at 8:30 p.m.) 
    Much of America's rich history is being lost to time. In the South, vast amounts of African American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years. Those with personal connections to these burial sites have recently begun to uncover and maintain locations across the state. However, there is much work to be done in order to preserve this part of America's history. This film not only explores these untold stories of the past but also the efforts underway to preserve them.
  • Amen: Music of the Black Church (February 14 at 5 p.m.) 
    Explore the authentic spiritual experience of African American gospel music in this one-hour performance documentary. Taped before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wise guides viewers on an educational and uplifting learning experience while leading the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble in a performance of sacred music deriving from African traditions. 
  • American Experience: Voice of Freedom (February 15 at 9 p.m.) 
    Explore the fascinating life of celebrated singer Marian Anderson. In 1939, after being barred from performing at Constitution Hall because she was Black, she triumphed at the Lincoln Memorial in what became a landmark moment in American history.
  • The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song [Part 1] (February 16 at 9 p.m.) 
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors' enslavement across the Middle Passage.
  • The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song [Part 2] (February 17 at 9 p.m.) 
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors' enslavement across the Middle Passage.
  • Carolina Stories: Born to Rebel, Driven to Excel (February 18 at 8:30 p.m.) 
    Learn about the life and impact of Epworth, S.C. native Benjamin Mays, who saw the racism and forced segregation of life around him and decided to challenge it with education and religion. Against the advice of his father, Mays pursued a formal education and rose to the top of his class, becoming Dean of Religion at Howard University, and later earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He would become President of Morehouse College in 1940, and his influence on civil rights and education for the next three decades would reach far and wide.
  • Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America (February 19 at 9 p.m.) 
    Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new freedoms and new perils for African Americans on the road in this deep look into the dynamics of race, space and mobility in America over time.
  • Independent Lens: Mr. Soul (February 22 at 10 p.m. and February 26 at 9 p.m.) 
    Celebrate SOUL!, the public television variety show that shared Black culture with the nation. Ellis Haizlip developed SOUL! in 1968 as one of the first platforms to promote the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. Its impact continues to this day.

On the South Carolina Channel: 

  • Carolina Stories: Modjeska Simkins -- Makin' A Way Out of No Way (February 1 at 8 p.m.) 
    This classic program profiles South Carolina civil rights matriarch and human rights activist, Modjeska Monteith Simkins (1899-1992).
  • An Evening with Quincy Jones (February 3 at 9 p.m.) 
    Enjoy an inside look into the life and career of the music impresario.
  • Carolina Stories: The Penn Center -- A Legacy of Change (February 8 at 8 p.m.) 
    The Penn Center: A Legacy of Change tells the story of one of country's first schools for freed slaves that preserves and promotes African American history and Gullah culture.
  • Carolina Stories: Jail No Bail (February 8 at 8:30 p.m.) Narrated by award-winning actor Keith David, this 30-minute-long documentary is a poignant examination of the personal trials and adversities that tested the character and resolve of the Friendship Nine who, through non-violent protest, helped compel a nation to abandon segregationist practices between the races.
  • An Evening with Della Reese (February 10 at 9 p.m.) From her beginnings as a gospel singer to jazz performer, talk show host and actress, this program provides an entertaining and historical look into the life of singer/actress Della Reese.
  • Marching Forward (February 13 at 11 p.m.) 
    This film shares the story of two high school band directors - one black, one white - whose love of music and dedication to their students inspired an atypical collaboration in the segregated south. 
  • An Evening with Harry Belafonte (February 17 at 9 p.m.) 
    A one-on-one interview program that provides a rare look into the life and times of the legendary entertainer and humanitarian.
  • Historic Attucks Theatre: Apollo of the South (February 20 at 11 p.m.) 
    One of Hampton Roads' greatest treasures, the Attucks Theatre, turns 100 years old. Musicians of the greatest caliber have performed at the Attucks, legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole just to name a few.
  • Unforgettable Hampton Family (February 20 at 11:30 p.m.) 
    A documentary exploring how Deacon Clark Hampton, a son of slaves, lifted his twelve children out of poverty by making them into successful musicians.
  • An Evening with Smokey Robinson (February 24 at 9 p.m.) 
    This one-on-one interview program provides an inside look into the life and career of the iconic Motown singer.

And on ETV World: 

  • Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story (February 1 at 1:30 p.m.) 
    A documentary film that tells the story of Josiah Henson (voiced by actor Danny Glover), the real-life inspiration for Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic 1852 novel, which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.
  • Historymakers On...Success (February 8 at 1:30 p.m.) 
    Through a series of real-life stories and experiences, this documentary chronicles the long road to success that many well-known and unsung African American history-makers have had no make along with the many obstacles that have stood in their way. 
  • Historymakers On...Faith (February 15 at 1:30 p.m.) The inspirational stories from Susan L. Taylor, Reverend Al Sharpton, Kim Fields, BB King, along with many others serve to emphasize the power of believing in your dreams.
  • The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song [Part 1] (February 17 at midnight) 
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors' enslavement across the Middle Passage.
  • Amen: Music of the Black Church (February 17 at 6 a.m.) 
    Explore the authentic spiritual experience of African American gospel music in this one-hour performance documentary. Taped before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church congregation in Bloomington, Indiana, Rev. Dr. Raymond Wise guides viewers on an educational and uplifting learning experience while leading the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble in a performance of sacred music deriving from African traditions. 
  • An Evening with Franklin Thomas (February 17 at 7 a.m.) 
    This program provides a unique exploration into the life and career of one of the nation's most accomplished civic and business leaders, Franklin A. Thomas, a man who walked quietly, but who has left an indelible footprint across the globe and throughout history.
  • The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song [Part 2] (February 18 at midnight) 
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors' enslavement across the Middle Passage.
  • George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life (February 21 at noon) 
    While George Washington Carver's rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment has inspired millions, time has dulled the luster of his reputation, reducing him to the man who did something with peanuts. This documentary uncovers Carver's complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work.
  • An Evening with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee (February 22 at 6 a.m.) 
    An Evening With Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee is a must see interview that provides a candid glimpse into the lives of the late actors and national treasures.
  • A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (February 22 at 7 a.m.) 
    A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides an interesting and rarely seen inside look into the life and career of the well-known Harvard professor and historian.
  • Historymakers On...Courage (February 22 at 1:30 p.m.) 
    Through the revealing personal stories of influential African Americans such as Nikki Giovanni, Vernon Jordan, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, and many others, we are shown the importance of following your own path and standing up for what you believe in despite the opposition or consequences.