Celebrate Black History Month with WGCU

Celebrate Black History Month 2022 with a closer look at the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Learn more about Black Americans who have made a lasting impact through art, achievements, and activism. Your local PBS & NPR station has compiled a list of programs available to stream this February, along with some articles and additional resources to amplify Black voices.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America: An America ReFramed Special

Fannie Lou Hamer's America | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America is a portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders. Watch >>

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

In 1963, Michigan State Head Coach Duffy Daugherty and 23 African American young men seized the opportunity of a lifetime. Now, the daughter of Minnesota Vikings football legend Gene Washington deepens her connection to her father as she uncovers how the first fully integrated college football team in America changed the game forever. Watch >>

“Journey of Hope” design to bring message of hope, equality and freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd intersection

Journey of Hope | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

It took three votes, and roughly an hour of debate, but a design by multimedia artist Cecilia Lueza that embodies the concepts of dreams, hope, and civil rights will be constructed at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevards. Read more >>

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

Is the “American Dream” of home ownership a false promise? While the government’s postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class, it also set America on two divergent paths – one of perceived wealth and the other of systematically defunded, segregated communities. Watch >>

National Freedom Day kicks off Black History Month

National Freedom Day | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

February 1st is National Freedom Day which commemorates the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865. Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment in a special joint session of the house and the senate abolishing slavery in the U.S. Read more >>

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands

Marian Anderson | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

Discover an international singer who captivated royalty in Europe and defied the conscience of 1939 America. Watch rare archival footage and hear audio recordings exploring her life and career from the Metropolitan Opera to the State Department. Watch >>

Just a Mortal Man – The Jerry Lawson Story

Jerry Lawson | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

Jerry Lawson was the original lead singer of the legendary a cappella group The Persuasions, first discovered by Frank Zappa in the early ’70s. During his 40-year tenure with the group, Jerry recorded 24 albums, toured internationally and sang alongside Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, 6 and Joni Mitchell, among others.
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The American Diplomat

The American Diplomat | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

Discover how three Black diplomats broke racial barriers at the U.S. State Department during the Cold War. Asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the Foreign Service. Watch >>

American Reckoning 

American Reckoning | Celebrate Black History Month February 2022 - WGCU Public Media

FRONTLINE and Retro Report tell the story of the 1967 killing of Wharlest Jackson Sr., a local NAACP leader in Natchez, Mississippi. The documentary follows Jackson’s family as they search for the truth about what happened and examines the history of white supremacy in Natchez. It is part of FRONTLINE’s multiplatform Un(re)solved initiative. Watch >>

Black Culture Connection

Explore Black history and culture through films, stories, and voices across public media. Read more >>

Amplifying Black Voices: What to Watch During Black History Month on WORLD Channel

The United States has recognized February as Black History Month for just a few decades – but Black history in America extends far beyond its official designation in 1976 and the 28 days to celebrate and honor accomplishments of the Black community. Much progress is still to be made in recognizing this truth. Read more >>

Investigator Journalist Jerry Mitchell Speaks at FGCU about seeking justice for slain civil rights workers

Mitchell’s investigative reporting has led to justice being served in nearly two-dozen cold cases. Perhaps most notably, his work helped put four KKK members behind bars including Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers for ordering the fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer in 1966, Bobby Cherry, for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four young black girls, and Edgar Ray Killen for helping to organize the 1964 killings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Listen now >>

The Black Experience in Lee County

The Florida Gulf Coast University Archives and Special Collections presents The Black Experience in Lee County for the spring 2022 exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public now through April 28, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the third floor of the University Library, room 322.

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The long history of Lee County proves time and again that the Dunbar community was resilient against segregation, prejudice, Jim Crow laws, and racial violence. The ‘human’ pillars paved the way as they ran for civic office, fought for integration and voting rights, and documented news and current events through the lens of the Black experience. In the face of challenges, the Black community in Fort Myers remained resolute, becoming an example of strength for all citizens who call Southwest Florida home. The institutional foundations featured in the exhibition continue to amplify community voices and experiences through stories of success. Learn more >>