A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Join Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of PBS’s The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, in a special conversation with Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson. Learn about Dr. Gates’s two-part series about the history and culture of the Black Church, and his ongoing PBS series Finding Your Roots. From the University of Houston Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee and Houston Public Media, the event will also feature a conversation with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

The Black Church

The Black Church

An intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews.

Told over two 2-hour episodes, The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song will air on Tuesday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 17 at 8pm on TV 8.

Watch the trailers below, or click here to visit the official website.

Keeping the Faith: The Black Church in Houston

Keeping the Faith: The Black Church in Houston

As a companion piece to PBS’s The Black Church and produced by Houston Public Media in partnership with The University of Houston Diversity and Inclusion Committee and KTSU, Keeping the Faith: The Black Church in Houston, is a series of interviews with Houston Public Media's Statewide Newscaster Sascha Cordner and four influential leaders in the Houston faith community.

You can watch the videos below.

Lift Up Your Hearts: Houston's Gospel Heritage

Lift Up Your Hearts: Houston’s Gospel Heritage

A special radio program from Houston Public Media and KTSU, featuring music and interviews from some of Houston’s top gospel talent, Lift up Your Hearts: Houston’s Gospel Heritage uses favorite recordings with short interviews with the singers to introduce each song. The artists share what the church has meant to them, and why they selected their particular song.

Lift Up Your Hearts airs Sunday, February 7 at 2pm on News 88.7, with an encore presentation on Sunday, February 21 at 6am.

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The State of Black Texas

The State of Black Texas is a virtual event collaboration between the Houston Defender Network and Houston Public Media, featuring special guests Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator Borris Miles (Houston), and Texas State Senator Royce West (Dallas). The program, hosted by Defender CEO Sonny Messiah Jiles and featuring questions from Houston Public Media’s Statewide Newscaster Sascha Cordner, will address issues impacting our Black community, including health and economic issues as related to COVID-19, criminal justice, redistricting, and more.

The State of Black Texas will be featured as a one-hour broadcast event on Thursday, February 11 at 7pm on News 88.7, with an encore presentation on Sunday, February 28 at 8pm.

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Black History Month Programming on PBS

In addition to The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song on February 16 & 17, Houston Public Media is proud offer a variety of engaging stories, films, and voices centered around Black history and culture.

  • Sunday, February 7

    • Masterpiece

      The Long Song (Part 2)

      9pm

  • Monday, February 8

    • American Experience

      Goin’ Back to T-Town

      8pm

    • American Masters

      Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

      9pm

  • Friday, February 12

    • A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

      9pm

    • Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

      10pm

    • Ken Burns: Jazz

      Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

      11:30pm

  • Sunday, February 14

    • Masterpiece

      The Long Song (Part 3)

      9pm

  • Monday, February 15

    • American Experience

      Voice of Freedom: Marian Anderson

      8pm

  • Tuesday, February 16

    • Marching Forward

      10pm

  • Friday, February 19

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

      8pm

    • Ken Burns: Jazz

      Dedicated to Chaos

      10pm

  • Monday, February 22

    • Independent Lens

      Mr. SOUL!

      9pm

    • An Evening with Berry Gordy

      10:30pm

NPR Programming

Special programming celebrating Black History Month on News 88.7, your NPR station.

  • Saturday, February 6

    • Paul Ingles: Music Archive Showcase

      In Search of James Brown

      7pm

  • Sunday, February 7

    • Peace Talks Radio

      MLK – Three Landmark Speeches

      8pm

    • Humankind

      The Freed People

      9pm

  • Saturday, February 13

    • Paul Ingles: Music Archive Showcase

      His Blue Heaven: A Fats Domino Appreciation

      7pm

  • Sunday, February 14

    • WNYC Special

      MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now

      8pm

    • PRX Mixtape

      The PRX Mixtape Valentine’s Special

      9pm

  • Saturday, February 20

    • Paul Ingles: Music Archive Showcase

      BB’s Blues: A BB King Appreciation Hour (Part 1)

      7pm

  • Sunday, February 21

    • Humankind

      Ida B. Wells – Battle to Uncover the Truth

      8pm

    • BBC Witness

      Black History Month Special

      9pm

  • Saturday, February 27

    • Paul Ingles: Music Archive Showcase

      BB’s Blues: A BB King Appreciation Hour (Part 2)

      7pm

  • Sunday, February 28

    • The State of Black Texas

      Encore Presentation

      8pm

    • WBEZ Special

      Making Beyoncé

      9pm

A Look Back

Legacies

As more and more of our nation’s leaders are educated and shaped by historically Black colleges and universities, Houston Public Media highlights the legacies and impact of two HBCUs in our community: Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.

Houston in Black & White

In 2017, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse and Eddie Robinson sat down with four Houston civil rights activists, discussing topics ranging from racism and Affirmative Action to police and the media.