What does it mean to grow up Black in America, a country too often divided by race?
2020 was a year of names. Names we say, names we remember, names reshaping people, policies, and perspectives on race in America.
Now as the country moves forward in 2021, as Black history is recognized as American history, we renew our collective commitment to lifting up the stories of Black movement makers and culture creators who define our world. February signifies history, heritage and the future, and WORLD celebrates the month through the stories of leaders, artists, and everyday individuals making waves big, small and extraordinary.
Watch films from America ReFramed, Local, USA, Stories from the Stage, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, Independent Lens, Reel South and much more on your local WORLD Channel (check your local listings), worldchannel.org and the PBS app.
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Films & Features
A mother & daughter organize their Black community to prepare for the 2020 presidential election and its challenges.
The history of how skin became race, and race became power.
At Black-owned funeral homes in New Orleans, COVID-19 reshapes the grieving process.
In rural Florida, four teens experience the joys and heartbreaks of their senior year.
Growing up Black in America means bonds, struggles, and all too often, unearned judgement.
Portrait of artist Sonia Sanchez revealing her uncompromising life as she raised her voice
Deborah Payne and David Schalliol discuss how they met and discuss the filming of a local demolition project in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Englewood -- Payne was one of the residents leading the fight against displacement.
A South Side Chicago community’s five-year fight for respect in the face of displacement.
The unprecedented story of the 2017 New Orleans runoff to elect first female mayor.
A former prisoner guides formerly incarcerated men safely through life outside of jail.
Turkey Creek's residents fight vs corporations, politics & the environment for their home.
Joyce Thomas moved from St. Vincent to the United States after reading a newspaper ad for housekeeping jobs. She eventually ended up in Connecticut and began working with children.
Exploring the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit, America's "motor city."
An intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents.
Witness young Black men as they chase their dreams: step champions and college acceptance.
Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis.
Reinventing himself, Chris dedicates his life to an underserved community in Baltimore.
In music, Dereck no longer seeks permission to belong in his white Nebraska community.
Paul's dream of owning a home came true, but moved from North Carolina to to pay for it.
A Camden, NJ resident leads a charge to reclaim Pyne Poynt Park for the community's youth.
The stories, and fight, of the residents of the last remaining all-Black towns in the U.S.
The biography of Madame C.J. Walker, America's first self-made millionairess.
A haunting look at the deep and lasting wounds of segregation and racial injustice.
A filmmaker's journey of how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life & work.