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26 documentaries to stream for Black History Month


February is Black History Month, and WTIU PBS Passport is home to an incredible array of documentaries to help reflect and inspire.

Dive into the stories of game-changing athletes and artists, explore the impact of historical moments, and celebrate cultural milestones with these 26 documentaries on WTIU PBS Passport.

Watch each of these shows – plus more! – now with WTIU PBS Passport, an unlimited streaming benefit available to every WTIU member who contributes at least $5 a month or $60 annually. 

Ready to get started? Click any of the links below to sign in and start watching or download the free PBS Video App on your Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, newer Samsung Smart TV or Android TV. You can also watch on your computer, phone or tablet to get lost in incredible documentaries, dramas, and more.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Check to see if you're an eligible member hereactivate your account here, or give now to get access to this fantastic member benefit. When you give, you can also select a Roku streaming device to watch WTIU PBS Passport as our thanks with your qualifying donation.

P.S. Also mark your calendar for these special broadcasts on WTIU in honor of Black History Month this February.

Henry Louis Gates Specials

The Black Church

Finding Your Roots

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War


American Masters


Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

How It Feels To Be Free

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Basquiat: Rage to Riches


Ken Burns Documentaries

Muhammad Ali

East Lake Meadows

Jackie Robinson

Central Park Five

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson


American Experience

Voice of Freedom

The Murder of Emmett Till

Goin' Back to T-Town

The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

Jesse Owens

Voice of Freedom

James Baldwin from "The Negro and the American Promise"

WTIU Specials

These WTIU specials are available to stream for free without WTIU PBS Passport:

Amen! Music of the Black Church

Crooked Stick: Songs in a Strange Land


All these – plus more! – are at, or download the free PBS Video App on your Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, newer Samsung Smart TV or Android TV. You can also watch on your computer, phone or tablet.