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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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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.