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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Week 2022: September 5-11  [#HBCUWeekMD]

This fall marks our third season promoting historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on Maryland Public Television through content both produced locally and acquired from producers elsewhere exclusively about the HBCU experience. HBCU Week offers films about the under-told stories of sacrifice, courage, innovation, and hope found in the archives of these important American institutions. 

This year's HBCU Week features more than 22 hours of content about HBCUs in our viewing area and across the country. It also expands its themes beyond history and education to include films on HBCU contributions to the arts, music, and sports.  

HBCU Week is part of MPT's “Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue” initiative. 

HBCU Week

Program Schedule

Monday, September 5
7PM: Direct Connection Special
8PM: The Calvin Tyler Story
9PM: Our Blues Make Us Gold
9:30PM: All the Difference

Tuesday, September 6
8PM: A Legacy of Opportunity: The History of Delaware State University
9PM: Back in Time: Langston University History
9:30PM: Shaw Rising

Wednesday, September 7
8PM: Afro Blue: A Year in the Life
8:30PM: Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
9:30PM: The Morgan Choir: A Joyful Celebration

Thursday, September 8
8PM: Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
9:30PM: Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964

Friday, September 9
7PM: State Circle Special: Innovative Program at Maryland's HBCUs  
9:30PM: Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL
10:30PM: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

 

Saturday, September 10
2:30PM: The Morgan Lacrosse Story  
3:30PM: Our Blues Make Us Gold
4PM: Sounds of the Game
4:30PM: Black College Football Hall of Fame: Journey to Canton
5:30PM: Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL
6:30PM: MPT Sports Desk
7PM: The Battle for Greater Baltimore: The Towson vs. Morgan Football Game

Sunday, September 11
2PM: Conversations for Change: HBCU Awakening and Revival
3:30PM: Afro Blue: A Year in the Life
4PM: Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
5PM: The Morgan Choir: A Joyful Celebration 
7PM: The Calvin Tyler Story

Monday, September 5

7PM: Direct Connection Special: Welcome to HBCU Week
This one-hour special features student hosts from area HBCUs who share the purpose of HBCU Week with our viewers and give them a sneak peek inside the programming lineup for the week. 

8PM: The Calvin Tyler Story
The remarkable story of Baltimore native and former Morgan State University student Calvin Tyler, who rose from being a UPS delivery truck driver to become one of its highest-ranking executives and largest shareholder, and whose $20 million gift to Morgan was the largest gift ever made to an HBCU by a former student. 

The Calvin Tyler Story

9PM: Our Blues Make Us Gold
A half-hour film exploring the history and legacy of North Carolina A&T State University. 

9:30PM: All the Difference
All the Difference traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago. Robert attends the predominantly white Lake Forest College, while Krishaun decides to attend Fisk University, an HBCU.


 

Tuesday, September 6

8PM: A Legacy of Opportunity: The History of Delaware State University
A Legacy of Opportunity is a documentary about Delaware State University and its 125-year legacy.

A Legacy of Oportunity

9PM: Back in Time: Langston University History
Back in Time looks at Langston University's role in the civil rights movement and introduces its famous alumni. 

9:30PM: Shaw Rising
The inspiring story of Shaw University, the oldest historically Black college and university in the South. 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 0. Shaw. 

Preview: Shaw Rising - Soldiers of Truth

Wednesday, September 7

8PM: Afro Blue: A Year in the Life
Afro Blue, Howard University's premier vocal jazz ensemble, invites you to a behind-the-scenes look into what it is like to be a member of this dynamic group. 


 

Preview: Afro Blue: A Year in the Life

8:30PM: Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Dr. Paul T. Kwami, music director, and current singers explore the stories of the original nine members of the world-renowned Fisk University Jubilee Singers and reflect on their roles as students and preservers of the group's legacy. 

Preview: Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

9:30PM: The Morgan Choir: A Joyful Celebration (2021)
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 it 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. 

Preview: The Morgan Choir - A Joyful Celebration

Thursday, September 8

8PM: Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Twenty Pearls tells a powerful story of sisterhood. In 1908, nine Black women enrolled at Howard University created Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For more than 113 years, the sorority has influenced many of the most famous watershed moments in history. 

Preview - Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

9:30PM: Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964
A documentary about women in the class of 1964 at Spelman College who participated in the largest coordinated series of civil rights protests in Atlanta's history as first-year college students. 

Friday, September 9

7PM: State Circle Special: Innovative Program at Maryland's HBCUs
An in-depth look at new and unique programs offered by the area’s HBCUs.

9:30PM: Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL
An in-depth look at the legacy of historically Black colleges and universities in the NFL.

Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCUs and the NFL

10:30PM: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life
A documentary about George Washington Carver's life and work, including his years heading the agricultural department at the Tuskegee Institute.

Preview: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

Saturday, September 10

2:30PM: The Morgan Lacrosse Story
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.

Preview: The Morgan Lacrosse Story

3:30PM: ENCORE Our Blues Make Us Gold

4PM: Sounds of the Game
This MPT special report provides an inside look at what makes HBCU homecomings special. The report includes the film Blue and Gold Marching Machine that follows the NC A&T marching band, plus original interviews with members of the Morgan State, Howard, and Bowie State University bands.

Sounds of the Game

4:30PM: Black College Football Hall of Fame: Journey to Canton
A look at the establishment of the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Preview: Black College Football Hall of Fame: Journey to Canton

5:30PM: ENCORE Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL

6:30PM: MPT Sports Desk
This special pregame show previews the “The Battle for Greater Baltimore" football game between Towson University and Morgan State University and provides a look at preparations for the CIAA basketball tournament in March 2023. 

7PM: The Battle for Greater Baltimore: The Towson vs. Morgan Football Game
The annual matchup between regional rivals.

Sunday, September 11

2PM: Conversations for Change: HBCU Awakening and Revival

Watch 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.  Recorded in 2021

3:30PM: ENCORE Afro Blue: A Year in the Life
4PM: ENCORE Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
5PM: ENCORE The Morgan Choir: A Joyful Celebration (2021) 
7PM: ENCORE The Calvin Tyler Story