Celebrating Black History Month on NHPBS

February 2021

As we celebrate Black history month, New Hampshire PBS is proud to share stories that explore and honor Black lives. Below is a list of some of the programs you’ll find on New Hampshire PBS and we hope you’ll explore PBS' Black history month collection of videos.


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Down a Dark Stairwell, Chinese Subtitles

Sometimes the quest for racial justice isn’t black and white.


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Down a Dark Stairwell

Down a Dark Stairwell

Sometimes the quest for racial justice isn’t black and white.

Official Trailer #2 | Philly D.A.

Official Trailer #2 | Philly D.A.

He sued police over 75 times. Now he’s the D.A. Can his team make change from the inside?

Trailer | The Donut King

Trailer | The Donut King

Meet the Donut King, the Cambodian refugee who built a multi-million-dollar empire baking

What is the Black Church

What is the Black Church

Rev. Jeffrey McILwain describes what the Black Church means to him.


Al Sharpton Speaks on the Importance of the Black Church

Al Sharpton Speaks on the Importance of the Black Church

In the first decade after the Civil War, many Black Churches were built across the South.

The Black Church Resists the Changing Culture

The Black Church Resists the Changing Culture

As women’s place in society was beginning to change, the Church struggled to accept.

The Popularity of Religious Race Records

The Popularity of Religious Race Records

In the early days of the phonograph, Black music recordings were marketed as Race Records.

The Man with the Million Dollar Voice

The Man with the Million Dollar Voice

In 1954, Reverend Franklin recorded his popular sermon “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest.”

The Black Vote Decides U.S. Presidential Elections

The Black Vote Decides U.S. Presidential Elections

Between 1920 and 1960, African Americans were able to demand accountability.

Current Political Movements and the Traditions of the Church

Current Political Movements and the Traditions of the Church

As Black political activism evolves, new school activists abandon the church, but not God.

Thurman’s Non-Violent Approach Inspired MLK’s Movement

Thurman’s Non-Violent Approach Inspired MLK’s Movement

In 1949, Thurman published “Jesus and the Disinherited,'' promoting non-violence.

Entertainment’s Place in the Church

Entertainment’s Place in the Church

In the 1960s, Pentecostal choirs emerged to bring youthful energy back to the Church.

Jesse Jackson and a New Generation of Black Leaders

Jesse Jackson and a New Generation of Black Leaders

Jesse Jackson challenged Ronald Reagan and paved the way for a new generation.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reflects on the Black Church

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reflects on the Black Church

The Black Church is the place where the African American made their way in society.

John Legend Credits the Church for His Music Career

John Legend Credits the Church for His Music Career

John Legend attributes his faith-oriented upbringing to his successful music career.

John Legend Sings

John Legend Sings "So Good to Me"

John Legend showcases his musical talent while singing “So Good To Me.”

Jennifer Hudson On the Power of Church

Jennifer Hudson On the Power of Church

Jennifer Hudson’s first memory of church was on Easter Sunday.

The Church as a Place of Refuge

The Church as a Place of Refuge

As Black Churches became prominent, white supremacists targeted these sacred places.

Prathia Hall’s Inspires MLK’s “I Have A Dream

Prathia Hall’s Inspires MLK’s “I Have A Dream"

Prathia Hall inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

The Black Church Bridges the Divide Through Music

The Black Church Bridges the Divide Through Music

In 1997, Kirk Franklin brought gospel music to the Billboard charts with his song “Stomp.”

A Church That Is Welcoming to All

A Church That Is Welcoming to All

For the Black Church to survive, it must be a place that is welcoming to all.

HBCUs Did the Work of God Through Education

HBCUs Did the Work of God Through Education

Founded to be seminaries, HBCUs understood themselves to be doing the work of God.

The Rebuilding of the Emanuel A.M.E Church

The Rebuilding of the Emanuel A.M.E Church

Reverend Cain started rebuilding Charleston’s staple Black church after it was destroyed.

Episode 2

Episode 2

Discover how the Black church expanded to address social inequality.

The History Of Black Religion in America

The History Of Black Religion in America

In Georgia, you can find some of the deepest traces of Christianity, as well as Islam.

Rutha Mae Harris’ Music Impact on the Civil Right Movement

Rutha Mae Harris’ Music Impact on the Civil Right Movement

Rutha Mae Harris’ music lifted the spirits of those fighting for racial equality.

Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! explores the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public TV.

Cornerstones | The Servant

Cornerstones | The Servant

The Servant taught others how to serve more deeply, not as a slave, but as a free man.

Cornerstones | The Reader

Cornerstones | The Reader

The Reader risked his life to bring to the Church what should have never been prohibited.

Cornerstones | The Hymnist

Cornerstones | The Hymnist

The Hymnist sang praises to celebrate the soul's salvation and save the body from slavery.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion.

Official Trailer | Philly D.A.

Official Trailer | Philly D.A.

He sued police over 75 times. Now he’s the D.A. Can his team make change from the inside?

Fisk Minstrel Show

Fisk Minstrel Show

Originally simple, single melody folk songs spirituals have changed over the generations.

First Black Run Institutions

First Black Run Institutions

Founded in 1773, this church is one of the first Black run institutions in the U.S.

Truth

Truth

Rev. Jeffrey McILwain describes what truth and faith within the Black Church meant.

NH Roots

NH Roots

Rev. Jeffrey McILwain talks about the opening of the first AME Zion Church in NH.

The Pearl

The Pearl

Rev. Jeffrey McILwain talks about the first Black Church in New Hampshire, "The Pearl".

Pacification

Pacification

Woullard Lett talks about how slave-traders once used the church as a tool to pacify.

What is the Black Church

What is the Black Church

Woullard Lett shares his thoughts on what the Black Church means to him.

NH Roots

NH Roots

Woullard Lett talks about the roots of the Black Church in New Hampshire.

Community

Community

Woullard Lett talks about the church’s role of support.

Beyond Spirit

Beyond Spirit

Woullard Lett talks about the church’s role of building strength and connections.

9to5: The Story of a Movement

9to5: The Story of a Movement

They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing — they organized.

Gospel Trailer

Gospel Trailer

The Black Church explores the church’s powerful influence.

Inside Look

Inside Look

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses the origins of Black church.

Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! explores the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public TV.

Trailer | Women in Blue

Trailer | Women in Blue

Female officers in the Minneapolis Police Department fight for gender equity and police re

Women in Blue | Trailer

Women in Blue | Trailer

Female officers in the Minneapolis Police Department fight for gender equity and police re