Living Black History – Schedule of Broadcast Specials

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WGNO and NOLA38 are proud to commemorate Black History Month this February 2018. We will be airing several half-hour documentaries produced by our Washington, D.C. sister station DCW50.  This year’s new program is 2018: Living Black History.

In addition to the documentary programs, we will be airing an encore of the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards which originally aired on TV One cable network.

Living Black History on WGNO and NOLA38 is sponsored by:

KRW Attorneys at Law

Fast Tax

Here’s the February broadcast schedule on NOLA38 and WGNO. Descriptions and previews of each Living Black History documentary are listed below the schedule.


  • Sun, February 11
    • 3:00 PM Founding Mothers
    • 3:30 PM Roads to Freedom
  • Sun, February 18
    • 1:00 PM 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards
    • 3:00 PM The Dream Began Here
    • 3:30 PM Jim Crow: Freedoms Deferred
  • Sat, February 24
    • 7:00 PM 2018: Living Black History


  • Sat, February 3
    • 5:00 PM Founding Mothers
  • Sat, February 10
    • 5:00 PM Roads to Freedom
  • Sat, February 17
    • 5:00 PM The Dream Began Here
  • Sun, February 18
    • 4:00 PM: Jim Crow: Freedoms Deferred
  • Sat, February 24
    • 5:00 PM Living Black History


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FOUNDING MOTHERS Air Times: Saturday, February 3, 5:00 PM on WGNO and Sunday, February 11, 3:00 PM on NOLA38

For nearly 250 years, US History has provided us with countless stories of great achievements  involving courage, strength and leadership. Yet sometimes we forget just how extensive and diverse these stories can be.  Founding Mothers profiles several African American women who over the last two centuries, have forged new rights and freedoms for their children, grandchildren, and generations beyond their respective lifetimes.  Most may not be household names, but they surely made a difference in the lives of all Americans. These women include:  Mary Church Terrell, Elizabeth Proctor Thomas, Hattie Sewell, Harriet Tubman, and Mary McLeod Bethune.   Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the Civil War.  Born into slavery in 1822, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.  Terrell was one of the first African American women to earn a college degree,  She helped found the National Association of Colored Women at the beginning of the 20th century and served as its first president.  In 1950, the age of 87, Terrell organized protests to end segregation at Washington, DC lunch counters.   Thomas, a free black woman, owned a farm outside the capital.  But in 1861, when the Union needed to expand Fort Stevens to defend the city, the Army took over her land.  According to legend, she was personally asked to sacrifice her farm by Abraham Lincoln himself.   In the 1920’s, Sewell obtained a licence to run the Pierce Mill Tea-house in Rock Creek Park, which eventually was operated with great success.  A nearby neighbor, however, protested to park management, fearing the restaurant would become a “rendezvous for colored people.”  Founding Mothers traces the story of what became of the tea-house.  Finally, Mary Bethune, was a pioneer for in education for black children.  She served in President Franklin Roosevelt’s unofficial Black Cabinet.  She advised Roosevelt on issues of importance to blacks and helped him reach out to a community that had historically been Republican.  Her home in DC is a National Historic site operated by the US Park Service.

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ROADS TO FREEDOM – Air Times: Saturday, February 10, 5:00 PM on WGNO and Sunday, February 11, 3:30 PM on NOLA38

We live in the midst of history every day, but Roads to Freedom revealed some historic sites in our area that you may never have heard of, let alone visited. Roads to Freedom took us down the local highways and byways that forever changed the history of all Americans.  From Harpers Ferry where John Brown stuck a dagger in the heart of slavery with his failed revolution to the battlefields of Petersburg, Virginia where the U.S. Colored Troops endured a nine month siege that secured the Union Victory, Roads to Freedom examines the rich history of our local communities.  Along the way, Roads to Freedom profiles several Washington, D.C.-area former plantations, one in Bethesda where the original Uncle Tom’s Cabin once stood.  The other plantation, in Fairfax, features tales of courage and examples of the endurance of the slaves who kept the plantation running. This program also examines the chaotic life in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War and key events that could have changed the outcome and American history forever. We visited one of the 68 forts that once formed a protective ring around our capital city and saw the spot where President Lincoln was nearly shot and killed by a Confederate sniper.

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THE DREAM BEGAN HERE – Air Times: Saturday, February 17, 5:00 PM on WGNO and Sunday, February 18, 3:00 PM on NOLA38

From the first African Americans to pioneer the Civil Rights Movement, to our first African American President, The Dream Began Here explores the evolving roles African Americans had within the White House, the city of Washington, D.C., and our surrounding areas. The Dream Began Here highlights the major contributions of African Americans in the early days of building our nation’s capital.

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JIM CROW: FREEDOMS DEFERRED – Air Times: Sunday, February 18, 3:30 PM on NOLA38 and 4:00 PM on WGNO

Despite the Civil War victory that granted slaves their freedom, Jim Crow laws helped maintain a segregated society and severely limited opportunities for Blacks. Some might be surprised that Jim Crow rulings impacted our contemporary times in many ways. “Freedom Deferred” chronicles the evolution of Jim Crow laws and profiles some people who were impacted by these rulings.

2018: LIVING BLACK HISTORY – Air Times: Saturday, February 24, 5:00 PM on WGNO and 7:30 PM on NOLA38

New this year! This program will feature the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Programming content to be determined once production is completed.

49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS – Air Time: Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM on NOLA38

Anthony Anderson hosts the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The two-hour special will air on NOLA38  on Sunday, February 18. The special originally aired live on cable network TV One on Monday, January 15, 2018.

NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” Nominees are: Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, and Jay-Z.

The NAACP Image Awards is the most respected event of its kind and is well attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry.  In recent years some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including:

Denzel Washington, Oprah, John Legend, Viola Davis, Anthony Anderson, Dwayne Johnson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gina Rodriguez, Chrissy Teigen, Kerry Washington, Nate Parker, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tika Sumpter, Keegan-Michael Key, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee, Loretta Devine, Shonda Rhimes, Omari Hardwick, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Don Cheadle, Sanaa Lathan, Keke Palmer, Michael Ealy, Ken Jeong, Sylvester Stallone, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Trevor Noah, and more.

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