Black History Month Programs on PBS

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS Celebrates Black History Month KLRU announces an expansive slate of events and programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African-Americans in honor of Black History Month. The programs air as part of KLRU’s celebration of Black History Month, February 2012<>.

With new programs that delve into the archives of history, this year’s schedule provides an in-depth look at a variety of historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the black power movement.

Additionally KLRU will host two free community events. Information is listed below.

*Events:*  *KLRU Community Cinema*

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.

KLRU and the Windsor Park Library present monthly film screenings and discussions afterwards. The February event is in conjunction with Black History Month. Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.

  Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, *More than a Month,* investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.  Join us for a free screening and discussion afterwards.

Location: Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Drive.

*Arts In Context:* The Relatives with The Isaac Sisters Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m.

Join us for this very special taping of Arts In Context.  Formed in the early 1970s by the Rev. Gean and Tommy West, the Relatives’ cut three genre-bending singles during their decade-long run that were too freaky for the church and too righteous for R&B radio. Though pioneers of an utterly singular sound, the Relatives never made a splash outside of Dallas and have remained virtually unknown even among serious record collectors. But all of that is changing with recent performances at ACL Music Festival in 2010 and backing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on the PBS television series Austin City Limits last year.  Joining them will be The Isaac Sisters in their very first television appearance.

Location: KLRU Studio 6A, 26th and Guadalupe *On Air:*  *Below is a list of programs on KLRU during February to commemorate Black History Month.  All programs are broadcast on KLRU 18-1 unless otherwise noted.* *February 2 at 9 p.m.* *Independent Lens “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”  *This film tells the story of Daisy Bates’ life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

*February 6 at 9 p.m. *

*Underground Railroad:  TheWilliam Still Story *This film explores one man’s mission to help slaves escape to freedom. The inner workings of the Underground Railroad  are explored through detailed records, diaries and other written accounts of the freedom seekers who made their way across the U.S. border to Canada.

*February 6 at 10 p.m.*

*Up from the Bottoms:  The Search for the American Dream *This documentary tells the story of the massive migration of African Americans from the rural south to the prosperous north during the World War II years and beyond. They left behind the legacy of slavery and segregation and set out to find the American dream. Narrator Cicely Tyson guides us through these touching, thoughtful and often funny stories as told by fifteen residents of Muskegon, Michigan.

*February 7 at 7 p.m.*

*Freedom Riders: An American Experience  *An encore presentation of the powerful and inspiration story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated travel facilities in the South in 1961. Repeats Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.

*February 9 at 9 p.m.*

*Independent Lens “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975”  *In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Swedish television journalists came to America to document the burgeoning black power movement.  The program includes interviews with seminal black power leaders such as Stokely Carmichael and Eldridge Cleaver as well as author/activist Angela Davis.

*February 11 at  7 p.m.*

*Austin** City Limits featuring Jimmy Cliff*  Jimmy Cliff first found fame as a teenager, with a string of hit singles in his native Jamaica. By the late 60s, reggae was in full flower and Cliff became one of its first international stars with “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” and “Vietnam,”

which Bob Dylan called “the best protest song I’ve ever heard.” Cliff continues to record and tour all over the world, collaborating with Sting, Wyclef Jean and the Rolling Stones along the way. As popular now as he ever was, Jimmy Cliff is the international face of reggae and Austin City Limits presents this legend in a full-hour concert.

*February 13 at 8 p.m.*

*Slavery By Another Name * A Sundance Film Festival selection for 2012, this new documentary examines the concept of “neoslavery,” which sentenced African-Americans in the post-Emancipation South to forced labor for violating an array of laws that criminalized their everyday behavior.

  Laurence Fishburne narrates the film.

*February 14 at 8 p.m.*

*Frontline “The Interrupters” *Documentary follows a group of former gang leaders in Chicago who try to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they themselves once committed.  It is a compelling observational journey into the stubborn, persistent violence that plagues American cities.

*February 16 at 8 p.m.*

*Harpist’s Legacy:  Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound Change*  This program profiles the inspirational life and distinguished career of the revered harpist. This compelling documentary follows Ann Hobson Pilot’s trailblazing journey as the first black female principal player in a major symphony orchestra and also as an international soloist, teacher, mentor and driving force behind music-education programs for underserved minorities *. A Harpist’s Legacy uses* her professional journey to explore the increasing racial diversity and shift in attitudes toward musicians of color in the classical music world.

*February 16 at 9 p.m.*

*Independent Lens “More Than A Month” *An African-American filmmaker is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.  Through this tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking journey, the film investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America.

*February 20 at 10 p.m.*

*An Evening with Valerie Simpson * Gwen Ifill interviews Valerie Simpson, who for more than 40 years wrote hit-making songs with her husband, the late Nick Ashford. As performers, their best-known duets are “Solid” and “Found a Cure.” This is an intimate tribute to their artistry, with performances by Patti Austin, Kindred The Family Soul and Valerie Simpson.

*February 23 at 9:30 p.m. *

*Haunted Texas * Ghost sightings are reported at an abandoned settlement made by former slaves after the Civil War.  This program explores the history of the Peyton Colony, Texas, also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil War.

*February 24 at 9 p.m.*

*Great Performances “Memphis”* Turn the radio dial back to the 1950s for the tale of a black singer, a white DJ, forbidden love and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.  The original Broadway cast members of the 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best New Musical reprise their roles in this roof-raising celebration of music.

*February 27 at 10 p.m.*

*American Masters “Cab Calloway: Sketches” * Cab Calloway, one of the first black musicians to tour the segregationist South and a regular performer at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club is profiled.  Film showcases this exceptional figure in the history of jazz, a bandleader and singer who charmed audiences around the world with his boundless energy, bravado and elegant showmanship.

*February 27 at 11 p.m.*

*In Performance at the White House:  Red, White and Blues *President and Mrs. Obama host this music special from the East Room.  The all-star concert celebrates the great figures of the Blues genre and the songs they made famous – from John Lee Hooker to Muddy Waters.

*About KLRU-TV*

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, reflects, celebrates and inspires Central Texas through creative excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including the documentaries CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at


MLK Lunch Photos!

Here are photos from the wonderful lunch for the UT-Austin community celebrating MLK Day 2012. The entertainment, food catered by Hoovers, and keynote by Machree Garrett Gibson, President of Texas Exes were excellent. To view the photos courtesy of DDCE’s Jennifer Wang click:

7th Annual MLK Jr. Luncheon, 1/11/12

7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
 Student Activity Center Ballroom (2.410 and 2.412)
 Keynote address by Machree Garrett Gibson, President of Texas Exes  
The RSVP link is:

BFSA Holiday Gathering, 12/9/11

Last Friday the BFSA Holiday Gathering offered members a wonderful evening of fellowship and treats. The event held at the Hyatt Regency-Downtown included a sit down feast, music, raffling of door prizes and visiting with old and new friends. Pictures of guests dressed in their best can be viewed at

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Annual BFSA Holiday Gathering, Dec. 9

Each year we celebrate the festive holiday season with UT Staff, Faculty, Administrators, Community Leaders, Friends & Guests. We also honor the contributions of faculty and staff to BFSA and the university community.

We are happy to announce the Black Faculty and Staff Association’s Annual Holiday Gathering, on Friday, December 9, 2011.  The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin-Downtown at 208 Barton Springs Road.

This is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our membership, award our Dr. James L. Hill Education Scholarship, and be thankful for another year of success as an organization.

IMPORTANT! There is limited space at this event which will provide a dinner, entertainment and evening beverages. Your spot at this event is NOT confirmed until you RSVP and receive an email confirmation from LT Robinson, President of BFSA.

Preference for a space will be given to members who have currently paid their dues to the organization (for the 2011-2012 academic year), invited guests, and dignitaries.

You will receive a confirmation email and we ask that you be patient as we manage the list of attendees.

UT-Austin URG Fall 2011 Potluck photos


There was plenty of cultural food to enjoy at this fun event held on November 8 at the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall on campus and attended by members of each of the four University Resource Groups (URGs). The event was very well attended and gave URG members and guests an opportunity to visit with staff from across the campus.

Welcome Back-Student Event – UNCLAIMED LEGACY: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement

Check out Jeff Johnson for what we expect to be a very interesting conversation about who will lead the next social movement.

Tickets for this event are free and can be picked up on 8/19, 8/22 & 8/23 from 2 – 4 in GRG 234