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JOHNSTON — Join Iowa Public Television in celebrating Black History Month this February with timely, educational programs highlighting poignant stories of courage, strength and perseverance.

These programs will engage viewers in community conversations, exploring African-American history and culture.

The scheduled programming will appear on IPTV as follows:

"Africa's Great Civilizations" — Beginning with Africa's ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures. (Feb. 27-March 1 at 8 p.m.)

"Austin City Limits: Cece Winans/St. Paul & The Broken Bones" — Enjoy an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise. (Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 p.m.)

"Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions" — 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. (Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.)

Independent Lens

"Accidental Courtesy" — Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion — meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time. (Sunday, Feb. 19, at 11 p.m.)

"Birth of a Movement" — Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 "The Birth of a Nation" unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. (Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11 p.m.)

"John Lewis-Get in the Way" — As one of the original Freedom Riders and the youngest speaker at the 1963 march on Washington, Rep. John Lewis was a key figure of the civil rights movement. This program follows Lewis today, and tells the stories of his role in the civil rights movement and his early political career. (Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m.)

"Maya Angelou: American Masters" — 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. The program features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, former President Bill and Hillary Clinton and others. (Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.)

"Mercy Street" — Follow the growing chaos at Alexandria's Mansion House, the precarious position of the Green family and the changing situation of the burgeoning black population. (Sundays, Feb. 5-19, at 7 p.m.)

"Rise of the Black Pharaohs" — Learn about the African Kushites who overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years. (Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m.)

"Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" — Enjoy an all-star tribute to Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (Friday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m.)

"The Talk-Race in America" — In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. (Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.)

Learn more at Iptv.org.

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