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8 Must-Watch Docs For Black History Month

 

Freedom Riders

In 1961, civil rights activists (both black and white) boarded a Greyhound bus in Washington D.C. and rode through the south’s most segregated areas en route to New Orleans in protest of federal laws regarding the desegregation of public buses that weren’t being enforced.  This Stanley Nelson Jr. documentary tells the story of these brave men and women.

"Freedom Riders" Trailer

"Freedom Riders" rebroadcasts on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PBS in June 2014. In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad.

 

The African Americans:  Many Rivers To Cross

This six-part docuseries covers over 500 years of African American history, from the slave trade to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Trailer" | PBS

Watch full-length episodes at http://video.pbs.org/program/african-americans-many-rivers-cross/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=aarc_covefullprogram (US Only) Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series premiering Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS and airing six consecutive Tuesdays through November 26, 2013 (check local listings).