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 host events honoring and exploring African American culture.
Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch. Get more details
KLRU will be taping another series of Blackademics on February 9th & 10th. Find out how to attend the tapings now.
KLRU will also have preview screenings of Ken Burns’ new documentary on Jackie Robinson in February and early March. More details coming soon. Learn more about the film
Here’s what’s on KLRU
Independent Lens A Ballerina’s Tale
Monday, February 8 at 9 pm
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.
The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Monday, February 8 at 10 pm
In 1933, Florence B. Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.
American Masters B.B. King
Friday, February 12 at 8 pm
American Masters premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.
Independent Lens The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
Monday, February 15 at 9 pm.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated—and controversial—leaders of the civil rights era. This film follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government including three presidents.
Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
Monday, February 15 at 10 pm
Discover how Vel Phillips, Milwaukee’s first African American and first female alderman, rose to prominence as one of Wisconsin’s great civil rights activists boasting a list of “firsts” as part of her legacy. These include the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman in the nation to hold executive office in state government.
Finding Your Roots Family Reunions
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm
The new season continues with the premiere of episode seven. Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Independent Lens
Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm
Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.
Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
Tuesday, February 16 at 10 pm
Thirty-five years before the election of President Barack Obama, the question of race and the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test in an overlooked story in American politics: Tom Bradley’s 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles: the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority. This documentary tells the story of how Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions that encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide.
Smitsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
Friday, February 26 at 8 pm
Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists. The performance, a White House partnership with the Smithsonian, airs from the East Room.
Fats Domino: American Masters
Friday, February 26 at 9 pm
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.
Independent Lens Wilhemina’s War
Monday, February 29 at 9 pm
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through a life marked by HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is a grim reality and a leading cause of death for black women in the rural south.
Here’s what’s on KLRUQ
Evening with Sheila Johnson
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 pm
In an interview with PBS NewsHour journalist, Gwen Ifill, Sheila Johnson discusses her journey from a music student to the co-founder of BET as well as her other successes as a businesswoman.
Black Kung Fu Experience
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:05 pm & Sunday Feb.7 , 5:55 pm
The African-American pioneers of kungfu and their role in film resonated with African-American communities. Because of these four men, kungfu played an important role in the black experience.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances
Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:05 pm
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time. It features interviews and Robinson and the original Miracles who give insight on their songs, Motown and the group’s history.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:55 pm
As the son of former slaves, Jack Johnson created a better life for himself as a heavyweight boxer in a Jim Crow America.
One Night In March
Sunday, Feb. 7, 10:34 pm
This award winning documentary tells the story of the integrated Mississippi State basketball team at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite their success on the court, they could not compete in the NCAA National Championship because of the unwritten rule in Mississippi that integrated teams could not play all-white teams.
Queen of Swing
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm
Norma Miller was a Harlem-born actress, dancer, choreographer and stand-up comedian. Her biography examines Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world.
Nickles from Heaven
Sunday, Feb. 14, 5:00 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. This Emmy award winning documentary recounts the experiences of the first African-American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers and celebrates their long-overlooked contributions to the war effort.
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 pm
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), an innovative and prolific jazz pianist, composer and arranger, created some of the most sophisticated big-band hits of the 1930s. She defied expectations as a woman in a “man’s world,” as a black person in a whites-only society, and as a non-conforming creative genius in an image-driven industry.
Marines of Montford Point
Sunday, Feb. 21, 5:02 pm
Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., this film, profiles the first African Americans recruits in the United States Marine Corps, beginning with their experiences at Montford Point Base, a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South.
Jimi Hendrix: American Masters
Sunday, Feb. 21, 9:30 pm
Directed by two-time Grammy-winner Bob Seaton, this documentary follows the life of Jimmy Hendrix and his artistry. Includes commentary from Paul McCartney, Noel Redding,Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and Steve Winwood.
Caged Bird; The: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Saturday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 pm|
In 1933 Florence B Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8:00 pm
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.
Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:05 pm
The Civil War began as a means of preserving the Union. However, to nearly four million African Americans, it held a much more personal promise. This informative documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war.
Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land
Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:02 pm
An 85-member African-American Soulful Symphony ensemble performs “Song in a Strange Land,” an anthem that pays tribute to the African-American spirit. The program is led by Darin Atwater, whose work aims to reach a broader audience.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5:00 pm
Starting at the height of the Civil Rights Movement up to present day, this program highlights the voices of black artists often overlooked by the mainstream. In these artists’ struggle for visibility, they also face the challenge of defining “blackness” within their own community.
Hines Farm Blues Club
Sunday, Feb. 28, 6:00 pm
In a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio, Hines Farm held the one of the most premier blues clubs in the country in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. This documentary tells the story of the relationship between Hines Farm and Toledo, and how they developed into a hub for blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues.