In commemoration of Black History Month, Rocky Mountain PBS is proud to showcase new programs that celebrate the African American experience past, present and future.

Program specials include:

  • Arts District: 2/5 at 7:30 pm – Determined to turn young people on to the rhythm and soul of jazz, music producer, Larry Rosen passes the musical baton to future generations in Jazz Roots.
  • Rise of the Black Pharaohs: 2/5 at 9 pm – Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years.

  • Rocky Mountain Legacy “Jazz in Five Points:” 2/8 at 1 pm – Get to know one of Denver’s most famous neighborhoods, and the legendary jazz musicians who came from around the country to play Five Points not so long ago.

  • Nickels from Heaven: 2/12 at 9 pm – The 17 members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the “Triple Nickles,” were among America’s least recognized military pioneers during World War II.
  • Independent Lens “Through a Lens Darkly:” 2/16 at 9 am – This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present.

  • Spirit of Colorado “Cowboys:” 2/22 at 11:30 pm – Step back in time with the black cowboys who helped shape Colorado, and listen to cowboy poet Scott Raub.

  • Independent Lens “American Denial:” 2/23 at 9 pm – Explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.

  • Arts District: 2/26 at 7:30 pm – Be fascinated by Composer and Pianist, Billy Childs, as he merges classical music with smooth jazz; seemingly two incompatible musical genres.
For a full listing of program specials, click here.

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