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PBS Just Added Several Documentaries Focused on Racial Injustice to Their Programming Schedule

Pivotal works like I Am Not Your Negro will be joined by PBS originals

Krutika Mallikarjuna

In the wake of protests decrying police brutality and the violent deaths of Black Americans while in custody -- including most recently George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery -- PBS is launching a new slate of programming devoted to covering racial injustice in America. 

This week's schedule includes I Am Not Your Negro, a pivotal 2016 documentary that imagines what James Baldwin's last manuscript, Remember This House -- which was unfinished at the time of his death -- would have looked like completed. Remember This House is Baldwin's personal account of the lives and assassinations of three close friends who were also black revolutionaries: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Prior to I Am Not Your Negro on June 10, PBS will screen The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a captivating look at how the Black Panthers provided community services while advocating for more radical national change. 

Both films are available to stream on PBS.org.

PBS will air more titles related to race in America throughout the month -- and likely beyond -- including America in Black and Blue 2020, Frontline: Policing the Police, Black America Since MLK: And I Still Rise, and a recorded performance of Twilight: Los Angeles

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"As a media system that serves every person in America, we stand with the Black community, and we stand against racism and hate," said Paula Kerger, President & CEO of PBS, in a statement. "In the coming days and weeks, we will use our national reach and community presence to deepen understanding, foster conversation and enable meaningful change. And we will continue to stand behind our courageous journalists, whose unwavering commitment to speak truth to power is essential to the strength of our democracy."

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution airs Wednesday, June 10 at 8/7c on PBS. I Am Not Your Negro airs Wednesday, June 10 at 9:44/8:44c on PBS. (Check local listings.)

The Black Panthers is streaming for free at PBS.org through July 4. I Am Not Your Negro is streaming for free at PBS.org through June 21.

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