Join us in celebrating Black History Month on KVIE as we recognize Black Americans who have made a difference in the community and the nation. We’ve highlighted a few programs focusing on Black history that you can look forward to all month long on KVIE.

Studio Sacramento: Civil Rights in America
Studio Sacramento: Civil Rights in America

Studio Sacramento

How far has America progressed since the civil rights movement of the 1960s and what needs to happen to enforce equality and representation in the county? Author and political scientist Dr. David Covin and activist Sam Starks stop by to discuss the status of civil rights in 2018.

Civil Rights in America airs February 2 at 7:30PM or watch it online.

In 1974, the Sacramento Police Department hired its first female patrol officers. Felicia Allen and Flossie Crump were pioneers and trailblazers, demonstrating that women could also serve and protect their community.

Sacramento’s First Female Patrol Officers airs February 9 at 7:30PM.



The Hyers sisters were masters of theater and opera. Explore the legacy of the groundbreaking duo who helped create a modern American genre on this revealing ViewFinder documentary.

Voices for Freedom – The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy airs February 7 at 7PM.


Examine the life of California’s first African-American state lawmaker, author of the fair housing and employment legislation that became a national model.

Fair Legislation – The Byron Rumford Story airs February 14 at 7PM.


The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Celebrate Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize with host Samuel Jackson during an all-star tribute to the singer/songwriter.

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize: Smokey Robinson airs February 11 at noon or watch it online.

American Masters: Maya Angelou
American Masters: Maya Angelou

American Masters

Althea Gibson changed tennis forever when she broke down racial barriers and won Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Find out more about her story featuring interviews with Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

Althea airs February 11 at 1:30PM or watch it online.


Journey through the life and career of Maya Angelou, the activist who inspired generations with lyrical African-American thought and poetry. Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others provide their accounts of the prolific author.

Maya Angelou airs February 18 at noon or watch it with your KVIE Passport here.


Independent Lens

Revisit the 1960s and experience the cultural revolution that emerged alongside the Black Panther Party in the groundbreaking Stanley Nelson documentary.

Black Panthers – Vanguard of the Revolution airs February 12 at 9PM. See a preview.


Explore the pivotal role historically black colleges played in American history, culture, and national identity on a new Independent Lens special. You’ll discover how the schools’ transformed lives and advanced civil rights in the face of racial injustice.

Tell Them We Are Rising – The Story of Black Colleges and Universities premieres February 19 at 9PM. See a preview.


1964: The Fight for a Right

Mississippi’s African-American community suffered under the Jim Crow laws for 75 years. In 1964, some died attempting to force the state to give African-Americans the right to vote. Explore the deep-seated issues within the American voting system and how they still impact people of color, the elderly, the disabled, and others today.

1964: The Fight for a Right airs February 12 at 11PM.



Accompany two Black teens through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks, and uncertainty as they pursue dreams of achieving a college degree.

POV: All the Difference airs February 19 at 10:30PM. Watch a clip.

We'll Meet Again: Freedom Summer
We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer

We’ll Meet Again

On a new episode of Ann Curry’s We’ll Meet Again, Fatima hopes to reunite with Thelma and thank her for her courage in the face of racism. Plus, a California woman searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.

We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer airs February 20 at 8PM.


Caged Bird

Hear the inspiring story of Florence B. Price who made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony showcased her piece at the 1933 World’s Fair.

Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price airs February 26 at 11PM.


Discover Black history and more throughout February on KVIE!

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