KLRU celebrates Black History Month

KLRU celebrates black history month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU-Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and events honoring and exploring African American culture. We also offer a special online-only series – Austin Revealed – this month focused on local stories on civil rights, desegregation and more. Find out more about Austin Revealed

Blackademics TV airs Sundays at 1:30 pm starting February 2.  Each weekly program features top Black Studies scholars engaging with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment.

2/3 POV American Promise at 9 pm
This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

2/7 American Masters Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth at 8 pm
Most famous for her seminal novel “The Color Purple,” writer / activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the Civil Rights Movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire, and Walker herself.


2/10 Independent Lens Spies of Mississippi at 9 pm
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ’60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement


2/6 The March at 9 pm
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to historians, journalists, authors and ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice. Other notable figures featured in the film include Clayborn Carson, Edith Lee Payne, Joyce Ladner and Rachell Horowitz. Denzel Washington narrates. Also repeats on February 10 at 10 pm.


2/13 Independent Lens More Than A Month at 9 pm
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.


2/20 Independent Lens Soul Food Junkies at 9 pm
Baffled by his dad’s reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it’s relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

2/27 A Reason To Dance at 9 pm … An Arts In Context Special
As a mother, teacher and dancer, China Smith is on a quest to spread awareness about the mixed nature and diversity of the African diaspora through contemporary dance.  Her company, Ballet Afrique, employs a synthesis of ballet and modern blended with Afrocentric undertones to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance.  As Smith wrestles with the business aspect of sharing her art as well as the uphill battle against cultural expectations and the cultural stereotypes of ballet, she continues to cement herself as an indelible and essential part of the dance scene.
KLRU Q will also be offering special programs for Black History Month. KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 255.

Saturday 2/16
Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories at 6 pm
Author and Louisiana native Ernest J. Gaines gave an immortal voice to the people of his early life through his tales of the old South. Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories is a memory-filled journey from the land of dirt roads, magnolias and majestic oak trees to San Francisco and back again. Gaines’ reminisces about growing up on a plantation and reflects on a successful career which has spanned more than 40 years.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story at 7 pm
This program tells the story of William Still, one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. The film details the accounts of black abolitionists, who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada.

Whispers Of Angels: A Story Of The Underground Railroad at 7:59 pm
This documentary recounts the story of the critical Eastern Line of The Underground Railroad and its role in the 19th century anti- slavery movement in America.

Long Shadows: The Legacy Of The American Civil War at 9 pm
Long Shadows explores the ways in which the echoes of the Civil War can still be felt in American society: from politics to economics, from civil rights to foreign policy, from individual to collective memory, from South to North to West. It is a film about the nature of History in our national and personal lives–the past as prologue.

Education Of Harvey Gantt at 10:30 pm
On January 28, 1963, a young black man from Charleston named Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, making him the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina. The Education Of Harvey Gantt  tells this pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation.

Sunday 2/23
Colored Frames
at 6 pm
Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Highwaymen: Legends Of The Road at 7 pm
This new documentary tells the story of a unique art world phenomenon that took root in the mid-20th century in the Jim Crow South. They were an unlikely group of black landscape painters that emerged from the American South in the 1950s and 60s. Segregation locked them out of selling their works in white owned art galleries. So, the artists took to the road to sell their paintings.

Black Kungfu Experience at 8 pm
The Black Kungfu Experience  introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art.

Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions at 9 pm
The Music And Message Of Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions tells the incredible story of a great artist and one of the most important R&B groups of all time. One of the few musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than once, Curtis Mayfield remains a music icon.

Hines Farm Blues Club at 10 pm
During the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Hines Farm – in a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio – was the location of one of the premier blues clubs in the United States, featuring musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King. The club featured a “who’s who” of blues and jazz entertainers, and served as a cultural nexus for local African-Americans. The Hines Farm Blues Club is a tribute to this legendary blues mecca and a ” sentimental journey” through the African-American music scene of the era.

Community Cinema: Las Marthas 2/4

The KLRU Community Cinema screening and discussion of the documentary Las Marthas with director Cristina Ibarra and other special guests in attendance will take place Feb. 4th at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The screening is free and open to the public.

las_marthas-05-thumb-largeIn the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Producer/Director Cristana Ibarra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. For the past seven years, Cristina Ibarra has been making short fiction and non-fiction films that have been seen on public television, in galleries, museums, schools and film festivals across the United States including: the Guggenheim, Exit Art Gallery, the Queens Museum, Stanford and Brown Universities. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela aired on the PBS series ColorVision. Her other films include: Grandma’s Hip-HopLupe from the Block and Amnezac. She is currently developing her first feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.

Arts In Context Shorts: Installation

ASFILINS2This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.

Arts In Context Shorts: Perception

Arts In Context Shorts_PerceptionArts In Context Shorts presents an all new episode with Perception.

Every year the East Austin Studio Tour invites the public to perceive the world in a different way while wandering through the eclectic and intimate neighborhoods of East Austin. During this back-to-back weekend event, Austinites discover new perspectives as they enter into the artists’ homes and studios and become part of the fabric of this creative and close-knit community.

Arts In Context Short: East Austin Studio Tour 2013

This week, Arts In Context Short travels to East Austin … It’s a different kind of place than the other neighborhoods in Austin! Every year (for the past 12 years), the annual East Austin Studio Tour inspires artists and galleries to open their doors to their neighbors. Wandering and exploring, those who attend EAST form a bond over the creativity, community and different kinds of art being made just a bike ride away.

KLRU wins 2013 Emmy Awards

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KLRU was well represented at the 2013 Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards November 9th and was honored to come home with four gold statues for Arts In Context, KLRU Collective and SXSW Flashback 2013. The awards ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio and was attended by television professionals from all over the state. KLRU programs and associated shows were up for 17 nominations.

We were pleased when two of these associated shows, Daytripper and Texas Parks and Wildlife received awards for Outstanding Magazine Program – Series and Outstanding On-Camera Talent – Program Host and Magazine Program – Feature/Segment and Magazine Program – Program/Special.

KLRU winners include:

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Bill Carter & The Blame
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer
Pat Kondelis, Executive Producer/Director/Editor/Videographer
Kevin Cochran, Song Mixer

CHILDREN/YOUTH/TEEN – PROGRAM/SPECIAL
Arts In Context: Young Composers
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer

RELIGION – NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
KLRU Collective/Healing Sands: The Sand Mandala Project
Eve Tarlo, Producer/Editor

SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE (OTHER THAN NEWS OR SPORTS)
SXSW Flashback 2013
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Sound/Videographer
Pat Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at klru.org.

Participate in Community Art Project during Arts In Context Party at EAST 11/16

KLRU and Arts In Context invite you to a FREE party and Community Art Event
DATE: Saturday, November 16
TIME: Noon- 6 pm
LOCATION: Big Medium 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 Suite 101
RSVP: Event is free and no RSVP is required

KLRU and Arts In Context asked the artist Johnny Walker to create a site specific, collaborative art project during EAST. His work called Significant Objects & Sentimental Values is about the relationship of clothing and outfits to facts and fictions. The installation of the piece will take place on 11/16 and will be created through public participation.The Griffin School, Parkside Community School, Goodwill and the community at large are donating clothes and stories. The artist is asking that for each item donated that you share the story that is connected to the garment – a personal anecdote or a flash fiction. Write the story down on a piece of paper and stick it into one of the pockets or pin it to a sleeve. In addition each garment or outfit will be photographed and its accompanying story will be logged into a catalogue that will appear online. At the end of the project the garments will be donated to Goodwill. Within each garment a small tag will be sewn in that will give the website address and the tag number for the garment. This will allow the next owner of the garment to inquire into its history and add new chapters of their own.

The creation and installation of Significant Objects & Sentimental Values will be captured for an Arts In Context Shorts.

Afternoon DJ Set by DJ Chorizo Funk.
Drinks by Tito’s Vodka and Live Oak Brewery.
Snacks by KIND Bars.
Water and refill station by Aquasana.

Special Thanks to Goodwill and EAST.

Arts In Context Shorts: Pour Your Heart Out

Pour Your Heart OutArts In Context Shorts debuts with a unique local art experience in Pour Your Heart Out.

Painting with a palette of unconventional mediums, once a month baristas and coffee nerds transform our early-morning beverages into temporary pieces of art at TNT ATX, a head-to-head latte art throwdown. These latte artists travel from across Texas for coffee, competition, camaraderie and community. With skilled craftsmanship and a touch of chemistry, these latte artists continue to pour their heart out.

African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross airs this month

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day — when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross will air Oct. 22 at 7 pm.

10/22 - The Black Atlantic (1500 – 1800)
The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented ’20-and-odd’ slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the Trans-Atlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a ten-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions-American, French and Haitian-would mean for African Americans, and for slavery in America.

10/29 - The Age Of Slavery (1800 – 1860)
The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. Yet as slavery intensified, so did resistance. From individual acts to mass rebellions, African Americans demonstrated their determination to undermine and ultimately eradicate slavery in every state in the nation. Courageous individuals, such as Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen and Frederick Douglass, played a crucial role in forcing the issue of slavery to the forefront of national politics, helping to create the momentum that would eventually bring the country to war.

11/5 - Into The Fire (1861 – 1896)
Into the Fire examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction’s thrilling but tragically brief “moment in the sun.” From the beginning, African Americans were agents of their own liberation, forcing the Union to confront the issue of slavery by fleeing the plantations and taking up arms to serve with honor in the United States Colored Troops. After Emancipation, African Americans sought to realize the promise of freedom-rebuilding families shattered by slavery; demanding economic, political and civil rights; even winning elected office. Just a few years later, however, an intransigent South mounted a swift and vicious campaign of terror to restore white supremacy and roll back African American rights. Yet the achievements of Reconstruction would remain very much alive in the collective memory of the African American community.

11/12 - Making A Way Out Of No Way (1897 – 1940)
Something from Nothing portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African Americans, but how African Americans saw themselves.

11/19 - Rise! (1940 – 1968)
Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media-from print to radio and TV-broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance. And the success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African American hopes and dreams. In December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a new movement of quiet resistance, with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its public face. Before long, masses of African Americans practiced this nonviolent approach at great personal risk to integrate public schools, lunch counters and more. As the civil rights movement scored one historic victory after another, non-violence was still all too often met with violence-until finally, enough was enough. By 1968, Dr. King, the apostle of non-violence, would be assassinated, unleashing a new call for “Black Power” across the country.

11/26 - It’s Nation Time (1968 – 2013)
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement’s victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. As hundreds of African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made unprecedented progress, larger economic and political forces isolated the black urban poor in the inner cities, vulnerable to new social ills and an epidemic of incarceration. Yet African Americans of all backgrounds came together to support Illinois Senator Barack Obama in his historic campaign for the presidency of the United States. When he won in 2008, many hoped that America had finally transcended race and racism. By the time of his second victory, it was clear that many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. Now we ask: How will African Americans help redefine the United States in the years to come?

The Genealogy Roadshow Austin experience

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Denise Garza is one of six people featured in the Austin episode of Genealogy Roadshow airing October 14th on PBS stations across the nation. Denise provided this story about her experience on the show.  PHOTO: Denise Garza getting final instructions from the Genealogy Roadshow production team before she tapes her segment at the Driskill Hotel on June 23.

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My trip on the Genealogy Roadshow has been fast, furious and fantastic! Little did I know when I answered the call for entry, I would be pulled in a wonderful whirlwind of excitement.

KLRU ran an ad looking for Austin participants just after Antiques Roadshow in late April. My father, Joe, has been researching our family history for years. He formed many assumptions about our family’s long lineage but lacked conclusive evidence. I saw the ad and thought, “What the heck!” and submitted my questions.

The questions were:
1. Do I qualify as a Daughter of the Republic of Texas?
2. Are we related to Jews who came to the Americas to escape the Spanish Inquisition?

Just a few days after the online submission, I received a phone call from the show’s casting department. I spoke with the casting agent and he recommended that we do a Skype call the next day. I made my case on Skype which was recorded and presented to the GRS producers. They liked me and I was in!

Over the next few days, I emailed all the family research I had done on my own. The Genealogy Roadshow production team sent me a DNA test kit that same weekend. It took a half an hour to fill the DNA test tube with saliva. It was kind of gross. I sent the DNA kit back immediately.

About three weeks went by without a word, and then I received a call from Jeff with the show’s production team. He wanted to do a special taping session with just me! We settled on filming in my home and at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin. Exhilarating, but a little stressful!

The small film crew arrived in my home on Monday, June 17, to film. My husband, Ian, and I were nervous and excited. The crew set-up in my little living room and we filmed the interview segment. The head of the crew, Chad, was very professional and patient as I sat for his questions. After the shoot at home, we spent an about an hour in the park filming more reflective segments.

Sunday, June 23, we were called to the Driskill Hotel to film the big reveal. Chad asked me to bring as many family members as I could. My parents, my sisters and their families met my husband in the lobby of the hotel. Unfortunately, my brother was working out of state and could not join us. Including myself, I brought a family of eleven! The production team was happy to see such a big family turnout!

Our call time for filming the reveal was at noon. However, the production fell behind schedule and we had to wait, nervously, for two hours. While waiting, we got to see another participant film their reveal and watch Earl Campbell greet fans.

Finally, we were called to the set to film the big reveal. Of course, I can’t say too much about they found, but I can say there were lots of tears and lots of laughter! The family was able to walk a little taller when we left the hotel.

I had a wonderful time on the roadshow and I hope that my story, along with the stories of the other families on the show, can inspire you to explore your own past and find your own place in history.