Black History Month is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans who have made significant contributions to the success of our country.
Historian Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History,” was the second African American student to graduate from Harvard University with a doctorate degree. In 1926, his research led to the establishment of Negro History Week. Woodson chose February because it covered the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) who played prominent roles in shaping black history.
Black History Month later became a nationally recognized event in 1976. The month of February is a special time to observe and celebrate African American heritage, a time to reflect on the life, culture and history of African Americans and the incredible achievements they have made as well as the obstacles they’ve overcome.
Below, you’ll find a list of compelling Black History Month programming to watch on your local YurView channel. (Check local listings for air times.) Enjoy these inspirational stories of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
- Recipe Remixx
- The Color of Change
- Langston Hughes: Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, Playwright & Library Giant
- Segregation in America
- America’s Black Forum
- The Wayman Tisdale Story
- Mentoring Kings
- Fresh Glass
- Black History Honors
- Martin Luther King 55 Years Later
- Black Women in America & Their Fight for Voting Rights
- Rosa Parks: The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement
- Thurgood Marshall: America’s First American Supreme Court Justice
- From Poverty to Purpose, The Ben Carson Story
Creator of “Recipe Remixx,” Nina Monique is a California native, self-taught home cook and mom who believes in fun and ease for all home chefs, no-fuss recipes, dancing in the kitchen, and eating at local restaurants to bring inspiration to chef it up back home. Nina has a unique point of view as a user-friendly cook and young mom exploring her surroundings, while applying over ten years of sales experience and a lifetime in the kitchen.
📺 Recipe Remixx will debut on YurView’s Main Street Living show for Black History Month, Mondays at 9pm. Nina will join us for an interview and to whip up these delicious recipes:
Mondays, 1/30 at 9pm – Baby Food Carrot Cake Cupcakes
2/6 at 9pm – Interview with Nina
2/13 at 9pm – Buttermilk Waffles
2/20 at 9pm – Smothered Chicken and Gravy
The Color of Change
Despite several people in major league baseball’s efforts to end segregation in the sport, no one succeeded until Brooklyn Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey set his “great experiment” into motion. The Jim Crow policies of baseball changed forever in 1945 when Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson of the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs agreed to a contract that brought Robinson into the major leagues in 1947.
📺 Debuts Wednesday, 2/1 at 8:30pm.
Langston Hughes: Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, Playwright & Library Giant
American poet, novelist, playwright, columnist and social activist, Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance,” a cultural movement made famous because of the number of emerging black writers, poets and scholars. Hughes, more than any other black poet or writer, faithfully recorded the nuances of black life and its frustrations and was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form “jazz poetry.”
📺 Debuts Thursday, 2/2 at 9pm.
Segregation in America
After the Civil War, millions of formerly enslaved African Americans were in hopes of joining the larger society as full and equal citizens. While some white Americans welcomed them, others used people’s ignorance, racism, and self-interest to sustain and spread racial divisions.
📺 Debuts Thursday, 2/2 at 9:30pm.
America’s Black Forum
America’s Black Forum is a weekly half-hour syndicated newsmagazine series hosted by political analyst, Marc Morial. Each week, America’s Black Forum will feature in-depth and engaging interviews with newsmakers, influencers, business entrepreneurs, artists, health & wellness experts and social justice leaders.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/3 at 6:30pm. (5 episodes)
The Wayman Tisdale Story
This moving and inspirational award-winning documentary celebrates the life and legacy of Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, former NBA star, and world-renowned jazz musician. “The Wayman Tisdale Story” features interviews with Michael Jordan and other NBA players. Watch the trailer.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/3 at 7:30pm.
Mentoring Kings celebrates the success of African American male mentors and organizations committed to the development of young men of color. This docuseries explores the mentoring programs of celebrities, athletes, educators and community leaders. Each individual is awarded with the prestigious Mentoring Kings Award. Watch the trailer.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/3 at 9pm. (4 episodes)
Co-creator, producer and host of “Fresh Glass,” Cassandra Schaeg is the Founder of SIP Wine & Beer in Escondido, California, a tasting room highlighting wine and beer made by women and people of color.
“Fresh Glass” takes a deep dive into food, beverage and entrepreneurship with guests whose backgrounds, personalities and journeys symbolize empowerment, grit and perseverance. Fresh Glass brings awareness that women and BIPOC leaders exist in traditionally overlooked industries. Watch the trailer.
📺 Debuts Sunday, 2/5 at 7:30pm. (6 episodes)
Black History Honors
Hosted by Malcolm Jamal Warner, “Black History Honors” is a documentary and gospel music tribute honoring stories of freedom dating back to the era of the underground heroes. These seven important great history makers will be featured: Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Opal Lee, Aretha Franklin and George Floyd. Watch the trailer.
📺 Debuts Sunday, 2/5 at 9pm. (4 episodes)
Martin Luther King 55 Years Later
Baptist minister and social activist, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. 55 years after Martin Luther King Jr. called for guaranteed income to fight poverty, some cities are finally taking his lead.
📺 Debuts Sunday, 2/5 at 9:30pm.
Black Women in America & Their Fight for Voting Rights
African American women, though often overlooked in the history of woman suffrage, engaged in significant reform efforts and political activism leading to and following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that barred states from denying American women the right to vote on the basis of their sex.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/10 at 8:30pm.
Rosa Parks: The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks’ refusal to give up her seat in December of 1955, spurred a city-wide boycott and unleashed nationwide efforts to end segregation. The U.S. Congress has honored her as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
📺 Debuts Sunday, 2/12 at 7:30pm.
Thurgood Marshall: America’s First African American Supreme Court Justice
On August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He remained on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
📺 Debuts Sunday, 2/19 at 9:30pm.
From Poverty to Purpose, The Ben Carson Story
How does an inner city African American kid with a self-proclaimed violent temper achieve success by becoming a world-renowned brain surgeon, a medical inventor and an inspiring role model for disadvantaged youth… against all odds? CNN and Time Magazine named Ben Carson one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists in 2001. Ben Carson also served as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021.
📺 Debuts Friday, 2/24 at 8:30pm.
For more Black History Month features, visit yurview.com/BlackHistoryMonth.