black history month

KPRC 2 celebrates diversity during Black History Month

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During the month of February, KPRC 2 is honoring Black History Month by celebrating the multi-cultural diversity of Houston, the city the station calls home.

KPRC 2’s Black History Month on-air and social media campaigns will center around various renditions of, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” commonly referred to as the Negro National Anthem, including a spoken-word version featuring KPRC 2 on-air talent, a vocal version sung by the Imani School’s “Young Voices of Praise” choir, and an original solo piano performance by our very own KPRC 2 employee.

As part of the digital campaign, KPRC 2 will spotlight many of Houston’s high-profile African American power players, including gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and gold medal-winning Olympians Simone Biles and Carl Lewis, interviewed by anchor and Houston Newsmakers host Khambrel Marshall.

KPRC 2 also will solicit viewer nominations to spotlight everyday citizens doing amazing things in the community. Nominations can be made here.

Another digital component will be the just-launched “Tell It 2 Us” platform, featuring man-on-the-street-style interviews with everyday Houstonians speaking out on issues facing the African American community. Viewers will be encouraged to make their voices heard by recording their own thoughts on these issues on camera and then emailing them to Submissions should be 30 seconds or less, and files no larger than 30MB.

“Our KPRC 2 family is as diverse as the communities that we cover and the city we call home,” KPRC 2 Vice President/General Manager Jerry Martin said. “What better time to celebrate not only the high-profile, but the everyday citizens, neighbors and co-workers who inspire and define us?”

Throughout the month, KPRC 2 will share stories of why African American culture is Houston culture, and how so much of what makes our city great is based in black heritage, honoring these cultural contributions.

WCWJ presents special programming in tribute to Black History Month


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Once again, WCWJ will honor the history, events and people during 2019 Black History Month.

CW17 presents programs and special stories that will begin in January and run until early March. The programs praise the achievements of black Americans today as well as those who fought for our country.

The events kick off at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 on CW17 with the two-part documentary, "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots." Airing at 10 p.m. on Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, this two-part special salutes the contributions of African American men and women throughout our nation’s history. Hosted by Halle Barry, the documentary features the voices of Morgan Freeman, Lou Gossett Jr. and more.

Jacksonville has a rich history in African American culture. Each day in February, WCWJ will air a short vignette, profiling a moment or person from Jacksonville that played a significant role in African American history.

Special programming continues on CW17. On Sundays in February, CW17 pays homage to the journey for civil rights in the three-part series, "Trail of Hope." The first installment, "Trail of Hope: Journey to Equality" premieres at 10 p.m. Feb. 3 on CW17.

Then on Bounce TV, an all-star celebration of African American leaders at the 26th annual Trumpet Awards airs at 9 p.m. Feb. 17 on Bounce TV 17.2. Since 1993, these awards honor those who have achieved great things against huge odds.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, the 50th Miss Black America Pageant airs on CW17. Celebrate 50 years with the Alvin Ailey dancers, African drummers and more as a new Miss Black America is crowned.

The month caps off Sunday, Feb. 24 and March 3 at 10 p.m. on CW17 with "Mentoring Kings." This two-part special celebrates the national mentoring programs of celebrities, business entrepreneurs, educators and community leaders. "Mentoring Kings" also will air on Bounce TV 17.2 on Feb. 9 and 16 at noon.