Black History Month on Vermont PBS

Independent Lens - Tell Them We Are Rising

Begins Feb 19


Rating: NR
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a documentary and interactive project that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, over half of all African American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. More than 50% of the nation's African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists earned degrees at HBCUs. The film brings to a broad national audience for the first time the story of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice. 90 minutes. Stream at

Vermont PBS
Monday, Feb 19, 9 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb 21, 4 a.m.
Sunday, Feb 25, 3 a.m.

Vermont PBS Plus
Thursday, Feb 22, 12 a.m.
Thursday, Feb 22, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Feb 22, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 24, 12 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 24, 8 p.m.

Archival researcher of "Tell Them We Are Rising"

Van Dora Williams of Champlain College, archival researcher of "Tell Them We Are Rising" discusses researching historically black colleges.

Made Here - Shadows Fall North

Begins Feb 22


How does a state with the motto "Live Free or Die" and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? This film seeks to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices? 120 minutes | Streaming available Feb 22

Thursday, Feb 22, 7 p.m. | Sunday, Feb 25, 2 p.m. on Vermont PBS
Monday, Feb 26, 9 p.m. on Vermont PBS Plus


Rating: NR

Winnie premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, February 5, 2018.

This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Actor Stanley Tucci hosts.

90 minutes. Begins Feb 5 at 10 pm

More info at

Vermont PBS
Monday, Feb 5, 10 p.m
Wednesday, Feb 7, 4 a.m.
Sunday, Feb 11, 3 a.m.

Vermont PBS Plus
Thursday, Feb 8, 1:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb 8, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb 8, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 10, 12 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 10, 8 p.m.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

S31 Ep2: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Trailer

Rating: NR
Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. 120 minutes. Begins Feb 16 @ 9 pm

Vermont PBS
Friday, Feb 16, 9 p.m. on
Saturday, Feb 17, 2 a.m.
Monday, Feb 19, 2 a.m.

Vermont PBS Plus
Monday, Feb 19, 2 a.m


Vermont Shorts

Breaking Barriers - Soul on Ice

Rating: NR

Breaking Barriers - Soul on Ice - Inspired by the story of Jackie Robinson

Vermont Shorts

Breaking Barriers - Jackie Robinson as a player on Montreal

Rating: NR

Breaking Barriers - Jackie Robinson as a player on Montreal Royals

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PBS is proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round! In 2018, we invite you to watch a new slate of programs and join timely and important conversations about race in America with independent documentaries, and more! Explore. Watch. Connect. Visit for a full line-up of programs.