Feb. 5, 2013
The city’s youth and education cable channel, know99 Television, will air the series, “A History of Black Achievement in America,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday in February during Black History Month.
This original, eight-part series documents African Americans’ achievements in U.S. history, their defining role in the growth of the country and their influence on current events.
Narrated by James Avery, who played the patriarch on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the series examines how African Americans influenced culture, enriched society and shaped the history of the United States.
The series has been described as ideal for African American history studies, especially during Black History Month. Famous black Americans are featured, including Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as lesser-known figures such as explorer Matthew Henson and author Gwendolyn Brooks.
“This series places black achievement into the larger context of American history, emphasizing that African Americans have made innumerable contributions to all aspects of our culture and heritage… the wide variety of subjects covered will show students that black history is indeed American history,” according to a review in “The School Library Journal.”
The program can be viewed on Cox Cable Channel 99.
For more information about know99, visit phoenix.gov/know99.