KCETLink Celebrates Black History Month with Special Programming

Burbank, CA - January 29, 2013 -  KCETLink, the new national independent public media organization created by KCET's recent merger with the Bay Area-based independent media company, Link Media, invites viewers to celebrate Black History Month in February on KCET with several wonderful programs and documentaries that explore the rich history of African Americans in the United States.

The NCRM Freedom Awards 2012 - Sunday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. with a repeat Monday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m.  

See the highlights from The National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award ceremony held in Memphis, Tenn. on Oct. 16, 2012. Hosted by actress and KCET's Your Turn to Care host Holly Robinson Peete, this year's honorees include: Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis; Dr. Bernard Lafayette, one of the 1961 Freedom Riders; Muhammad Yunis, who created Grameen Bank, devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with micro-loans; and Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. George Jenkins, better known as the Three Doctors. The program also features a musical performance by Patti LaBelle.

Integrating Ole Miss: James Meredith and Beyond - Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. and repeats Monday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m. 

This program presents the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as a microcosm for the Civil Rights Movement in the state and across the nation. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at Ole Miss. His application created an uproar that made news around the world and culminated in a deadly riot and federal intervention. Fifty years later, the university is fully integrated and, in 2008, an international spotlight was once again on the university - this time, however, to cover a presidential debate that featured the man who would become America's first black president. From the status quo of 1960 to today, Ole Miss, like America, has grown and changed.


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