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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A FREE FILM SERIES AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

Rochester, New York (January 27, 2010) – In honor of Black History Month, WXXI will host a free screening of the two-part series Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots on Saturdays, February 13 and 20 at 1 p.m. at WXXI’s studios, 280 State Street, Rochester. The series examines how African Americans risked their lives in defense of America, in the dual effort of preserving freedom for their country, while also attempting to acquire it for them selves. Each film will be presented by a special guest from the Rochester community, and the screening will be followed by a Q&A session. For more information about the film series, contact Shelley Figueroa at 585-258-0278, or email her at sfigueroa@wxxi.org.

In addition to the film series WXXI-TV and AM 1370 will present several programs that pay tribute to African-American men and women who shaped history, which include:

Independent Lens "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" – Tuesday, February 2 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Controversial Jewish anthropologist, Melville Herskovits' writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely held assumptions about race and culture.

Memories of the Movement: A Black History Month Special – Sundays, February 7 and 14 at 10 p.m. on AM1370/FM-HD91.5-2. Tavis Smiley presents this two-part series celebrating the ordinary people who made the Civil Rights Movement one of the most extraordinary periods in American history.

Faces of America Wednesdays, February 10-March 3 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Looking to the wider immigrant experience, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. unravels the American tapestry, following the threads of his guests’ lives back to their origins around the globe.

Who Was This Man? A State of the Re:Union Special Sunday, February 21 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2. Host Al Letson explores how a person who changed the course of American history did not become a household name. 

American Masters “Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun – Monday, February 22 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most celebrated — and most controversial — figures of the Harlem Renaissance. This film includes rare archival footage from Hurston’s own collection, and features interviews with Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and others.

A complete list of programming on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 can be found at WXXI.org/bh.
This film series is sponsored by: WXXI, Pothos Productions, Operation Higher Learning, Freedom Trail Commission, USA Youth Soccer Academy, WHTK-1280 "What's Going on with Brown & Allen", The Community Place of Greater Rochester, and Minority Telecommunications, LLC.

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