Marian Anderson in the documentary "Voice of Freedom"

Black History

Celebrating Black Excellence

VPM celebrates Black excellence through powerful documentaries, podcasts, specials and more. Explore stories of triumph, adversity, and achievement on VPM PBS, VPM News, VPM Music and social media @myVPM.


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Every day, learn about a Black hero who impacted America. Spread the knowledge by sharing the graphics on social media.


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Watch documentaries including The Black Church: This is Our Story, This Is Our Song, an intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America




Listen to incredible stories of American freedom, told by those who made it a reality in this new podcast by VPM and Witness Docs.


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Listen to specials from NPR and NPR Music online or on-air including Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, a documentary series exploring the historical bond between the two places through music.



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Watch a curated YouTube playlist from PBS Digital Studios which includes Say It Loud, a series exploring the complexity of the Black experience and the many ways Black Americans have influenced American life.



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Enter the VPM KIDS Poster Contest to honor a Black hero in your life. All submissions will be entered to win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad and could be featured on VPM.



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Learn about an incredible group of individuals who made history and whose legacies continue to benefit all Americans.


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