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Celebrate Black History Month 2021
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Black History Month is here and we are thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. Here are previews of films premiering this month on OETA, as well as a dozen films you can stream to celebrate Black history.

Make sure you also visit the PBS feature: 28 Black History Makers in 28 Days to learn more about the lasting contributions of this group of 28 incredible individuals.

Voice of Freedom | Premiering Feb. 15 on American Experience

Learn the story of Marian Anderson, whose singing talent was lauded around the world yet faced racism-fueled barriers to success.

The Black Church | Premiering Feb. 16 & 17

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes us into the 400-year history of the Black church in America. We couldn't ask for a better guide.

Mr. SOUL! | Premiering Feb. 22 on Independent Lens

A critically-acclaimed documentary about the first all-Black variety show on public television that featured the charismatic host Ellis Haizlip.


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Dr. Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations. Watch here.

Forgotten Genius

The story of how African-American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist. Watch here.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle. Watch here.

The First Rainbow Coalition

Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s. Watch here.

Freedom Riders

The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South. Watch here.

A Century of Change: Negro League Centennial Celebration

More than just the game of baseball, the Negro League changed our country. Watch here.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Watch here.

Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America

Discover how the advent of the car brought African Americans new freedom but also dangers. Watch here.