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AETN celebrates Black History Month throughout February

Posted 26 Feb 2013

In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its year-round commitment to diverse programming, throughout February the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to the national fabric.

As part of a special on-air lineup, AETN will explore the role African-Americans have played in music, the military and civil rights – providing an in-depth look at key figures and events that have shaped American history.

In addition to programming, PBS has announced the PBS Black Culture Connection, a digital storybook of black films, history, trends and discussion. The PBS Black Culture Connection will be available year-round on, beginning Friday, Feb. 1. In addition to aggregating more than 100 digital resources about black history and culture, the site will feature thematic film collections, biographies, profiles, original web productions and local station spotlights.

Original AETN programming celebrating Black History Month will include “Minority Matters” and “Hoxie: The First Stand.”

A monthly AETN production, “Minority Matters” will air Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. and ask whether race matters in love. This episode will explore interracial relationships, their history, how such relationships affect the dynamics of race relations and whether societal views on the topic are changing.

“Hoxie: The First Stand” will air Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. This documentary tells the story of a small school district in northeast Arkansas where integration had gone smoothly – before Life ran a large story about the situation and the town became the site of the first battle between proponents of integration and the growing southern resistance.

Other Black History Month programming on AETN includes:

 A complete schedule and additional programs are available at