Black Excellence in Our Community

February programming that showcase the life and legacy of multiple African Americans who have had great influence throughout America’s history.

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*New Programming to Lakeshore PBS

In Their Own Words “Chuck Berry”

2/1 | 11 PM

*Ida B. Wells: American Stories

2/3  | 7 PM

City of Ali

2/3 | 9 PM

*Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen of New Orleans

2/6  |  8 PM

Now Hear This “Florence Price and the Great Migration”

2/6  |  9 PM

*Becoming Frederick Douglas

2/10  |  7 PM

Just a Mortal Man – The Jerry Lawson Story

2/8  | 11 PM

Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

2/10  |  9 PM

Sammy Davis, Jr. – American Masters #2707

2/13  |  8 PM

Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

2/26  |  1:30 PM

Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years

2/26  |  3 PM

70’s Soul Superstars

2/27  |  8:30 PM

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Beginning Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Lakeshore Public Radio will air  a new discussion every Wednesday night at 7 in the month of February to commemorate Black History Month.

Air Dates and Times:

Wed. Feb 1   @ 7 PM | Black Enough

Wed. Feb 8   @ 7 PM | The Black History of the Banjo

Wed. Feb 15 @ 7 PM | TBD

Wed. Feb 22 @ 7 PM | TBD


About “Black Enough”: Whether it’s the way we talk, the music we hear, or the clothes we wear- many Black people at some point were made to feel ‘not Black enough’, including Leila and Hana.

In this special from The Stoop podcast, Leila explores with TV host Joshua Johnson what it means to be told she ‘talks white’, Hana talks to a psychologist as she wonders if she has to like everything Black to avoid getting called out, and we go deep with comedian W. Kamau Bell who’s felt awkward in Black circles and in front of Black audiences.

What does it really mean to be ‘Black enough’?

About “The Black History of the Banjo”: We trace the history of this most American of instruments from its ancestors in West Africa through the Caribbean and American South and into the present, as a new generation of Black women artists reclaim the banjo as their own. Rhiannon Giddens, Bassekou Kouyate, Bela Fleck and more talk claw-hammers, trad jazz, Appalachian folk, African ancestors and the ongoing story of American music, which would be woefully incomplete without a Black history of the banjo. Produced by Ben Richmond.