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September 6 - September 12, 2021
Following the election of HBCU graduate Kamala Harris as the nation's first female vice president; the historic $577 million settlement for Maryland HBCUs after decades of funding unfairness within the state's higher education system; and extraordinary multi-billion dollar gifts to several HBCUs from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, awareness of historically Black colleges and universities is perhaps at an all-time high.

We know that there is still more work to do and many more stories to tell. That's why we launched #HBCUWeekMD.

#HBCUWeekMD is part of MPT's Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue initiative. To this end, Maryland Public Television is proud to offer HBCU alumni and leadership FREE memberships to keep you aware of our on-going commitment to reflect the rich history and cultural diversity of this region and our nation. As MPT members you will have access to all of our content and will be able to let us know what you think. Click the red button below to sign-up today.

In the meantime, enjoy our second annual presentation of #HBCUWeekMD. We hope you find our week of programming enlightening, informative, and inspiring.
See and Hear Coppin Leadership
Share Thoughts on the Importance of HBCUs
Watch Dr. Anthony Jenkins share his vision for Coppin and his thoughts on the state of HBCUs on Direct Connection's one-hour HBCU Special. Click here to watch.
Monday, September 6

Direct Connection at 7pm
Jeff Salkin and WEAA-FM’s Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead co-host a one-hour special that takes an in-depth look at the current state of HBCUs in the nation and in our region. Interviews with the region's six HBCU presidents reveal their plans for the future and feature their innovative new programs. The one-hour special concludes with a focus on the arrival of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament in Baltimore.
Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region; will also be available on demand after airing.
Shaw Rising at 8 pm
MPT presents an encore of Shaw Rising, the tumultuous and inspiring story of Shaw University, the oldest historically Black college and university in the South and among the oldest in the nation. The film documents Shaw's story from its founding in 1865, its growth during Reconstruction, and the challenges of the Jim Crow system and the modern Civil Rights movement to its resurrection under the leadership of the late former Morgan State University Dean Dr. Talbert O. Shaw and to its fight to remain relevant today. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region; will also be available on demand after airing.
Freedom Riders at 9 pm
The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives — and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment — for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The Freedom Riders — comprised of many Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists from HBCUs, such as John Lewis — met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region; will also be available on demand after airing.
Tuesday, September 7

The Morgan LaCrosse Story at 8 pm
Set against the racially turbulent 1970s, The Morgan Lacrosse Story chronicles the accomplishments of the Morgan Bears, the nation's first and only college lacrosse team at an historically Black institution. The film chronicles the accomplishments of an extraordinary group of young Black men and their intrepid leader who took the field in a predominantly white sport. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region.
Wednesday, September 8

Conversations for Change at 7pm
AWAKENING: HBCU Reckoning and Revival (ONLINE EVENT)
Join Maryland Public Television’s national conversation that focuses the contemporary view of historically Black colleges and universities through the eyes of the people who power them. Dr. Anthony Jenkins joins a national panel to discuss HBCUs as an important, vibrant, and active part of the Black American experience in politics, economics, culture, and industry.
Thursday, September 9

Afro Blue: A Year in the Life at 8 pm
Afro Blue, Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, invites you to a behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to be a member of this dynamic group. Join these performers on their 2018-2019 musical journey, from auditions at the beginning of the school year to their focused and fun rehearsal process, to exciting performances at multiple venues, and concluding with a recording session.
Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region. Repeats Saturday, September 11 at 2:30 pm.
The Morgan Choir at 8:30 pm
This film captures one of the nation's most prestigious university choral ensembles, the Morgan Choir, and is a fitting salute to the late Dr. Nathan Carter, who led the choir for 34 years. Taped at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, this performance features a repertoire that ranges from classical to gospel. This presentation will include interviews with experts, supporters, and members of HBCU choirs. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region. Repeats Saturday, September 11 at 3 pm.
The Jubilee Singers at 10:30 pm
This is the story of a group of former slaves who were among the first to be educated at Fisk University, an HBCU in Tennessee, and who battled prejudice and oppression while using their talents to raise money and awareness for their institution. Eventually, they would perform for presidents and queens, tour the United States and Europe, and establish songs such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "This Little Light of Mine" in the lexicon of African-American a cappella music. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region.
Friday, September 10

State Circle at 7pm
To cap off HBCU Week, State Circle reporters will interview some members of Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus who are HBCU graduates about their HBCU experience. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region; will also be available on demand after airing.
Saturday, September 11

Tell Them We Are Rising at 12:30 pm
The rich history of America’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years. Yet their story remains largely unknown. Hear from Ms. Tish Madry, President, CSU National Alumni Association and other HBCU leaders who share their thoughts about the importance of HBCUs. Watch on air or via live stream in the Maryland region.
Sunday, September 12

Screening of Muhammad Ali at 3 pm
(Online Discussion at Bowie State University)

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

How to Watch

All content for HBCU Week can be viewed on MPT via live stream for those who live in the DC/Maryland viewing area:

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Where to Watch

On cable MPT’s main channel can be seen on the following services/channels:

Baltimore/Salisbury/Washington: Channel 22 (SD) & Channel 812/1022 (HD)

Northern, VA: Channel 22 (SD) & Channel 1022 (HD)

DC/Montgomery Co./Falls Church, VA: Channel 22 (SD) & Channel 612 (HD)

Channel 22 (SD) & Channel 522 (HD)

Direct TV
MD/DC/VA: Channel 22
Salisbury: Channel 28

Dish Network
MD/DC/VA: Channel 22
Salisbury: Channel 28

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