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Reading Frederick Douglass (Preview)

Reading Frederick Douglass (Preview)

A stirring speech that is as meaningful today as it was on that day.

The Only Piano in the Projects

The Only Piano in the Projects

The Lightfoot brothers recall how they ended up with a piano while living in East Lake.

The Suburbs: A Creation of Government Policies

The Suburbs: A Creation of Government Policies

In 1956, the government further enabled the middle-class movement to the suburbs.

East Lake Meadows

East Lake Meadows

The story of a public housing community raises critical questions about race and poverty.


'Your Property Values Will Crumble'

'Your Property Values Will Crumble'

In a decade, East Lake went from being predominantly white to 90% African American.

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight

Deteriorating Conditions with No Help in Sight

Tenants in East Lake Meadows soon find things aren't getting things fixed.

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Official Trailer

The story of a public housing community raises critical questions about race and poverty.

Chapter 1 | Stonewall Uprising | PBS

Chapter 1 | Stonewall Uprising | PBS

Watch Chapter 1 of Stonewall Uprising.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating . . . and terrifying.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Post-Civil War America was a new world.

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896.

Reconstruction | Hour 2 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 2 Preview

A controversial presidential election in 1876 deals Reconstruction a grievous blow.

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

A look at the rise of Jim Crow and the turn of the century.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War | Inside Look

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War | Inside Look

See how our past affects our present with this inside look of Reconstruction.

Reconstruction | Hour 1 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 1 Preview

Reconstruction explores the transformative years following the American Civil War.

Reconstruction| Extended Trailer

Reconstruction| Extended Trailer

Here is an extended first look at Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.

The Talk - Race in America

The Talk - Race in America

The conversation parents of color have with their children about interactions with police.

The Talk - Race in America: PBS Previews

The Talk - Race in America: PBS Previews

Explore how parents of color talk to children about police interactions.

The Talk - Race in America: Promo

The Talk - Race in America: Promo

How parents of color talk with their children about behavior around the police.

Kenya Barris shares

Kenya Barris shares "the talk" his mother gave him as a kid

Kenya shares the talk his mother gave him when he was young.

Kenya Barris talks to his young son about protests and anger

Kenya Barris talks to his young son about protests and anger

Kenya Barris shares a story of how his young son responded to protestors.

How John Singleton's 3-year-old son reacted to the police

How John Singleton's 3-year-old son reacted to the police

John Singleton shares a story about how his young son reacted to the police.

Deputy Carey Roberts finishes her training

Deputy Carey Roberts finishes her training

Deputy Carey Roberts finishes her training to join the police force in South Carolina.

How one parent talks to his biracial kids about race

How one parent talks to his biracial kids about race

Alex Mindt shares how he talks to his biracial children about race

Christian Reyes on learning about his own prejudice

Christian Reyes on learning about his own prejudice

Christian Reyes shares how as a teenager he learned a tough lesson about race

How we limit ourselves when we think about race as binary

How we limit ourselves when we think about race as binary

Author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda rebukes the idea of choosing one race.

How studying history can lead to understanding

How studying history can lead to understanding

Author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda explains how important cultural history is.

The importance of sharing different cultural experiences

The importance of sharing different cultural experiences

Author and filmmaker Raquel Cepeda shares how important The Talk is to her.

It's never to early to talk to your kids about race

It's never to early to talk to your kids about race

Author and Filmmaker Raquel Cepeda says it's never to early to start talking

South Carolina police on losing officers in the line of fire

South Carolina police on losing officers in the line of fire

South Carolina police talk about the pain of losing an officer in the line of fire

How Charles Blow felt after his son was stopped by police

How Charles Blow felt after his son was stopped by police

Charles Blow shares a story about an encounter his son had with the police.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Part 2

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Part 2

Black America Since MLK looks at the last five decades of African American history.

Social Media and Social Justice

Social Media and Social Justice

Explore the role of social media in furthering social justice. Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

Media Response to Hurricane Katrina

Media Response to Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

In the 1970s, backlash against affirmative action was in full swing. Watch Nov. 15 & 22.

The Myth of the Welfare Queen

The Myth of the Welfare Queen

Learn about the myth perpetuated by divisive rhetoric about welfare. Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

White Flight

White Flight

White flight illuminated profound challenges faced by Black America. Airs Nov. 15 & 22.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Talks About Black America Since MLK

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Talks About Black America Since MLK

Imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr. woke up and said, "what's happened?"

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling has led to tragedy on several occasions. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

Black Celebrities in the 1980s

Black Celebrities in the 1980s

See how success of black public figures in the 1980s changed America. Nov. 15 & 22.

The Million Man March

The Million Man March

The Million Man March took place in 1995 in Washington, D.C.. Watch Nov 15 & 22.

Reagan's Policies and Black America

Reagan's Policies and Black America

Reagan's policies had immense consequences for black America. Watch Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

Official Trailer

Official Trailer

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a journey through the last 50 years of black history.

1974 Boston and School Desegregation

1974 Boston and School Desegregation

In 1970s Boston, schools were separate and deeply unequal. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

The Black Panthers

The Black Panthers

The Black Panthers put revolutionary rhetoric into action. Learn more Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.