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Programming and engagement tools help community media share the African-American experience.

Black History Month recognizes the past, present and future of the United States by appreciating the lives, accomplishments, history and issues of African-Americans. It is an important time for community radio to engage with its community and celebrate Black History Month.

There are many resources available to community media organizations hoping to present Black History Month programming and events. These tools include:

  1. PBS has many historical films and lesson plans for teachers, which might help you lead local conversations.
  2. NFCB member organization KQED has offered a list of 50 resources for Black History Month, plumbing some of the PBS catalog as well as many others.
  3. Public Radio Exchange presents a range of Black History Month programming. Many selections are free. They include this playlist, another playlist by Philosophy Talk and a playlist of historical selections.
  4. The San Francisco-based Freedom Archives has among the hardest to find recordings, including Maya Angelou reading Harriet Tubman, documentary programs on the Attica Prison riots and more.
  5. Pacifica affiliates have a variety of Black History Month programs via its Audioport service.

Beyond programming and events, you are encouraged to explore for several looks at diversity and community media. A few selections:

Diversity and inclusion are key discussions for community radio’s future. NFCB provides support to member stations around their strategic planning. If you are not a member station, you are welcome to join NFCB today.

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