Race Matters: Special TV, radio programming airing

WGCU is airing special PBS programming focused on race in America following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the ensuing protests that erupted across the country.

In addition, WGCU reporters have been chronicling the unrest in our area. To read or listen to the latest coverage, go to news.wgcu.org or go online to Gulf Coast Life. Among other reports is an interview with former police officer turned FGCU professor David Thomas and tips from a counselor on explaining the demonstrations to children.

On Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. WGCU will air a new special, Race Matters: America in Crisis, A PBS NewsHour Special. The one-hour program will be anchored by Judy Woodruff with contributions from correspondents Yamiche Alcindor, Amna Nawaz and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

The program will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system, housing and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders and other newsmakers will be included.

Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m., WGCU will rebroadcast the Frontline program Policing the Police, in which writer and historian Jelani Cobb examines allegations of abuses within the Newark Police Department and the challenge of fixing its broken relationship with the community.

On Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m., the premiere of America in Black and Blue airs. Reports from across the country will include interviews with key leaders and participants in the struggle for racial justice, accountability and equity, as well as voices from law enforcement. As the latest crisis of police violence on black citizens — and outraged protests and ensuing violence — engulf the nation, this PBS special will update reporting from the original America in Black and Blue, which first aired in 2016, Correspondents will report from Minneapolis, Georgia, New York and elsewhere.

Dotted throughout the TV schedule in the next few weeks are other films about the history of injustices within the African American community. Films from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. include The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, tracing the black experience from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable events; Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, a four-part series that explores the transformative years when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss and African Americans forged a new, more equal place in American social and political life, only to face the backlash of segregation and institutionalized disempowerment whose legacy persists today; and Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, a detailed exploration of how the civil rights movement impacted the country, including successes and failures related to political and economic equality.

Check wgcu.org/tvschedules for air dates and times.

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Author: WGCU Public Media