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Celebrate African-American History Month with WPT!

A female college graduate smiles in a still from "Tell Them We Are Rising" Any day is a great day to recognize the many contributions that African-Americans have made to American history and culture. But February offers special opportunities to celebrate  and recognize African-Americans, both famous and not-so-famous, who have made a difference.

Read on for a selection of upcoming programs airing on WPT – and don’t forget our many offerings available anytime online.

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Many Rivers to Cross

Watch The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross at 7 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.Five centuries of history and change covered in just six hours… better not miss an episode. It’s hard to believe so much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time. Surely it will seem like even less time when hundreds of years are whittled down to a mere six episodes.

Talk about a can’t-miss opportunity for anyone looking for an express tour of African-American history. So much change so quickly almost makes it sound like a clever novel telling the most amazing tale of rags to riches. I mean humans have been fighting each other over their differences for thousands of years, and yet it only took a few hundred years for African-Americans to climb the ladder from slaves to President of the United States… just doesn’t seem possible for so much to happen so fast.

A lesser-known history of Chicago

Watch DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis at 9 p.m. Monday, March 14 on Wisconsin Public Television.

The election of President Barack Obama marked a historic moment in American history as he became the first African-American man to serve in the White House. It was also another in a long line of historic landmarks in the rich African-American history of Chicago.

This exciting new film from WTTW, WPT’s sister station in Chicago, outlines the rich history of the African-American community in Chicago. Since Jean Baptiste Point DuSable — considered the father of Chicago — founded a trading post in this place on the shore of Lake Michigan, the city’s growth has been shaped and led by African-American leadership, innovation and determination.

Watch a preview of the film below, then tune in to watch this powerful documentary on WPT.