Heritage Month
Arizona Public Media Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month celebrates the rich, vibrant history as well as the political, scientific, social, and cultural contributions of African Americans to this country and the world at large.

Here's the story behind Black History Month — and why it's celebrated in February. From NPR's Special Series: Black History Month 2022.

Feature Students listen to then-First Lady Michelle Obama's remarks for the Tuskegee University commencement ceremony in Tuskegee, Alabama, May 9, 2015. (PHOTO: Chuck Kennedy/White House)
Highlights
Enjoy a special collection of stories, programs and educational resources that highlight history, culture, and accomplishments of African Americans.

Stay in the know. Sign up for AZPM newsletters.
Now Available
Black Culture ConnectionFrom PBS Explore Black history and culture though films, stories, and voices across public media. Explore More
Now Available
Black History Month 2022From NPR February is Black History Month in the U.S., and this year's theme is Black Health and Wellness. NPR has compiled a list of stories, music performances, podcasts and other content that chronicles the Black American experience. Explore More
Now Available
WHUT CollectionFrom The AAPB and Howard University The collection, dating primarily from 1981 to 2008, documents Black politics, history, life, and culture, in addition to D.C.-area affairs, national issues and concerns, and international news. The collection includes broadcast programs, oral histories, and recordings of campus events, such as lectures, speeches, and commencement ceremonies. Explore More
Now Available
Stories to Celebrate Black History MonthFrom StoryCorps StoryCorps stories that center Black voices in conversations about Black history, identity, struggles, and joy. Explore More
Now Available
All About the Holidays: Black History MonthFrom PBS LearningMedia Help students learn about the origins of Black History month in this brief video for grades K-5 Explore More
Now Available
March on WashingtonFrom PBS LearningMedia Help students appreciate the significance of the 1963 March on Washington — and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement. Explore More
Now Available
What was the Harlem Renaissance?From PBS LearningMedia The Great Migration to the urban north launched a vibrant political, social, and cultural movement in Harlem. Explore More
Now Available
George Washington Carver’s Legacy for Black AmericansFrom PBS LearningMedia Overcoming many obstacles, George Washington Carver was a complex man with many gifts who sought to improve the lives of Black farmers. Explore More
Now Available
Chosen Family & Ghost from The Great American ReadFrom PBS LearningMedia Award-winning author Jason Reynolds talks about his book Ghost with students in Brooklyn, NY. Explore More
Now Available
The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers: Mae JemisonFrom PBS LearningMedia Meet astronaut Mae Jemison and learn about her pathway to becoming the first African-American woman to go into space. Explore More
Now Available
American Masters: Alice Walker | A Black Writer in the SouthFrom PBS LearningMedia Alice Walker shares stories of family strength, resilience and love in the Jim Crowe era. Explore More
Now Available
NOVA: Percy Julian | Forgotten GeniusFrom PBS LearningMedia Percy Julian began his education in the United States and became a successful chemist overseas. He eventually returned to the U.S. only to find that he was unable to find a position as a faculty member due to racism, but found success in the commercial world. Explore More
Now Available
Our Inspiration: Maggie Lena WalkerFrom PBS LearningMedia Armed with courage, perseverance and extraordinary intellect, Maggie Lena Walker overcame the obstacles of race, gender and physical handicap to fulfill her dream of African-American entrepreneurship. Explore More
Now Available
African & African-American Culture in the ClassroomFrom PBS LearningMedia These videos provide examples of West African and African-American music, dance, and storytelling. Explore More
Now Available
Boogaloo: The Dance That Defined Oakland's CultureFrom PBS LearningMedia Inspired by James Brown and the Black Panthers, the Black Resurgents are one of the dance crews who pioneered Oakland's boogaloo dance, the foundation of many other funk styles. Explore More
Now Available
The African Americans: Many Rivers to CrossFrom PBS LearningMedia Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Explore More
Now Available
Unladylike 2020: Bessie ColemanFrom PBS LearningMedia Explore how Bessie Coleman became the first female black pilot and the first African American to hold an international license to fly in this digital short from Unladylike2020. Explore More
Features
StoryThrough the Banks of the Red Cedar See how the first fully integrated college football team in America changed the game. Watch highlights.
StoryMarian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands Explore the singer's life and career from Metropolitan Opera to State Department. Now streaming.
StoryThe American Diplomat Discover how three Black diplomats broke racial barriers at the US State Department during the Cold War. Watch Feb 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.
StoryFannie Lou Hamer's America Explore the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders. Watch Feb 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.
StoryOwned: A Tale of Two Americas Exposé on how the American housing policy market has been manipulated for years in discriminatory ways. Now streaming.
StoryA Reckoning in Boston A filmmaker teams with Clemente Course students to reckon with Boston's racial history. Now streaming.
StoryMuhammad Ali Muhammad Ali brings to life the iconic heavyweight boxing champion who became an inspiration to people everywhere. Now streaming.
StoryThe Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the 400-year-old story of the black church in America. Now streaming.
StoryUnapologetic After two police killings, Black abolitionists fight to hold Chicago officials accountable. Now streaming.
Stories
Celebrate Black History Month with this collection of stories from AZPM.
Where were you when you first heard the hip hop duo Outkast? Dr. Regina Bradley wants to know.Where were you when you first heard the hip hop duo Outkast? Dr. Regina Bradley wants to know. Dr. Bradley is an author and educator who has chronicled the importance of hip hop’s cultural influence, particularly in the American South.
Barbea's KwanzaaBarbea's Kwanzaa For the past 50 years, Barbea Williams has shared the message of Kwanzaa, its principles, and festivities throughout Southern Arizona.
Coach Adia Barnes on MotherhoodCoach Adia Barnes on Motherhood The University of Arizona Women’s Basketball coach on balancing family, being a role model for her players, and normalizing what it means to be a mom.
William “Curly” and Annie NealWilliam “Curly” and Annie Neal The journey of William “Curly” and Annie Neal as pioneers, entrepreneurs, and in 1895 the first Black owners of luxury resort in Arizona.
The TalkThe Talk Covering issues of race and racism, and how Black people can be perceived by non-Blacks. (08:30)
Afro HerperAfro Herper Earyn McGee is a lizard-loving PhD who's changing the idea of what it means to be a scientist. (07:15)
Grand Mama JonesGrand Mama Jones Grand Mama Jones, as she is known in her family, has been a rock for everyone around her. (07:32)
Just Listen: It Won't MatterJust Listen: It Won't Matter Community leaders Sam Brown and Debi Chess share their experiences in the final installment of the "Just Listen" series. (3:38)
Just Listen: Empathetic Listening 101Just Listen: Empathetic Listening 101 How can we have healthy and transformative conversations about racial equality? (2:48)
Hearing IsaiahHearing Isaiah Young Tucson environmentalist Isaiah Haley is cause for hope and optimism about a clean, safe, and more sustainable future (8:00)
Just Listen: Assume No Harm Just Listen: Assume No Harm A healthy conversation requires active listening. Sam Brown and Debi Chess, two cultural leaders in southern Arizona’s black community, explore what it means to “Assume No Harm”. (04:32)
Own Words: Being Black in America Own Words: Being Black in America Tucson artist Seanloui shares his experiences and what he sees as the solution to current demonstrations.
Sugar HillSugar Hill An intimate look inside Tucson's historically black Sugar Hill neighborhood.
Just NajimaJust Najima A profile of singer and recording artist, Najima Rainey, and the unique stylings of her band 'Just Najima'
She PhiShe Phi The all-girl step group from Holladay Magnet School brings their special brand of attitude, excellence, and teamwork to the stage.
Memory LaneMemory Lane Barbara Lewis shares stories and recollections about attending classes at the historic Dunbar School.
28 Days of Black History28 Days of Black History Local business owner, J.R. Harrison explores black culture in his own unique way.
Quin DavisQuin Davis Special effects creator Quin Davis represents an endangered type of cinematic artist.
Lasting LegacyLasting Legacy Nearly eighty years ago, the Maxwell family moved to Tucson. Over the decades they helped pave the way for many of the positive changes we see in our community.
Dunbar Pavilion UpdateDunbar Pavilion Update New things are happening at the Dunbar Pavilion, home to Tucson's formerly segregated schools.
Being Black in TucsonBeing Black in Tucson What it is like to be a member of a small minority in a big city.
The Dunbar BarberThe Dunbar Barber Martio Harris teaches and mentors the next generation of young barbers in Tucson.
These StreetsThese Streets During Borderlands Theater's 2018 production of Barrio Stories in Barrio Anita, we spoke with Virginia, a young Tucson poet.
Lola's JusticeLola's Justice Lola Rainey saw firsthand the scars that racism left on her family, her friends, and her own sense of herself. So she set out to bring a little more justice to the world.
Michele's Journey: Motherhood During and After IncarcerationMichele's Journey: Motherhood During and After Incarceration According to the Prison Policy Initiative, in the United States 80% of women in jail and 56% of women in prison are mothers.
The Full NelsonThe Full Nelson Life has thrown her a few curve balls. She is a mother, author and performer ... Adiba Nelson is a force of nature.
Black History in Southern ArizonaBlack History in Southern Arizona Most people may not associate Southern Arizona with black history, but a group of people are working to change that.
The PreventionistThe Preventionist Joronda Montaño is turning her painful past into a positive force for change—fighting substance abuse, rising suicide rates, and the toll of trauma and violence one kid at a time.
The Curley SchoolThe Curley School The Curley School in Ajo, Arizona, originally built in 1919 was in danger of being demolished. Now, it’s model for historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and regional and economic development.
Juneteenth in TucsonJuneteenth in Tucson At the annual Juneteenth Celebration, current Tucson residents reflect on cultural changes they have seen in their lifetimes and how much work still needs to be done.
Black Mental HealthBlack Mental Health Many people in the black community put off getting help because of the stigma surrounding their struggles.
Finding FamilyFinding Family It is easier now than ever to find out more about our own family’s history.
Cressworth LanderCressworth Lander Over the past decade Arizona Public Media has documented the stories of southern Arizonans who served in our armed forces in a series of programs called “Tucson Remembers”.
Art Life - Teré Fowler ChapmanArt Life - Teré Fowler Chapman Teré Fowler-Chapman describes herself simply as a poet, but believes that role involves “wearing a lot of hats”.
Arizona Public Media is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona