Maryland Public Television shines the spotlight on HBCUs

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Historically, black colleges and universities will take center stage as part of an initiative hosted by Maryland Public Television.

Historically black colleges and universities will be at the forefront as part of an initiative hosted by Maryland Public Television.

The weeklong lineup will showcase the vibrant history of HBCUs and their contributions to the country.

From Morgan State and Howard University to Bowie and Coppin State, the DC area is full of opportunities to learn about the past. MPT Vice President, Content Director Travis Mitchell said viewers will find everything from conversations with HBCU presidents and artists to documentaries and panel discussions.

“We thought HBCU week was an important time to showcase the history and contemporary relevance of these national treasures we own,” said Mitchell.

The lineup aligns with National HBCU Week, which ends September 11. MPT’s take on HBCU week will give viewers the option to enjoy up to 3 hours of content through Saturday.

“It became obvious to us that we could not react in the moment. We had to react in the moment, ”said Mitchell. The station recently launched the Standing Against Racism Initiative in response to the murder of George Floyd.

The lineup includes discussions with HBCU graduates serving on Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus, which airs Friday night. Howard University’s vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue premieres on Saturday.

There will also be a documentary on the Freedom Riders and their efforts to integrate interstate travel. The week will end with the new PBS documentary “Muhammad Ali”.

Mitchell said the goal is to educate and create a space for dialogue. “Let’s examine what we can learn from the HBCUs as they advance toward their destiny.”

Find the complete program on the MPT website.

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