Policing Black America: A Matter of Life or Death
Examining the roots of police violence against African Americans, focusing on the impact this abuse has had on local families and explores possible solutions moving forward.… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 5, at 5PM on DCW50

Black Lives Matter: Before & After
A grassroots movement, Black Lives Matter, exploded in the summer of 2020 following the death of George Floyd. While it captured the headlines of the day, it was only one in a historic series of protests mounted by African American… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 5, at 6PM on DCW50

James Brown: The Man, the Music & the Message
Prolific singer and “The Godfather of Soul” was central to the emergence of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music… [Learn More]

Jim Crow: Freedoms Deferred
Chronicles the evolution of Jim Crow laws and the impact these rulings had, despite a Civil War victory granting slaves their freedom… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 19, at 5:30PM on DCW50

The Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legacy
At the conclusion of the Civil War, the United States continued driving westward. American military regiments were tasked with providing a protective force in unknown territory… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 19, at 6PM on DCW50

Honoring Black History: Mind, Body, Soul
WDVM and DCW50 shine a light on the impact the Black community has made, and is continuing to make, on the Washington, DC area.
Saturday, February 19, at 8PM on WDVM
Sunday, February 27, at 1PM on DCW50

Hattie’s Lost Legacy
Centuries of African-American women from the DC area have forged new rights and freedoms for their children, grandchildren, and generations beyond… [Learn More]
Sunday, February 20, at 1PM on DCW50

The Dream Began Here
Emmy-award winning documentary explores the evolving roles African-Americans had within the White House, our nation’s capital, and the surrounding areas… [Learn More]
Sunday, February 20, at 1:30PM on DCW50

Living Black History
A critically-acclaimed museum for the ages opens its doors in the Fall of 2016. This documentary examines how and why the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) came to be… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 26, at 5PM on DCW50

Founding Mothers
Centuries of African-American women from the DC area have forged new rights and freedoms for their children, grandchildren, and generations beyond… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 26, at 5:30PM on DCW50

Serving While Black
Despite incredible racial barriers, more than 1 million African Americans served in World War II—and did so with distinction… [Learn More]
Saturday, February 26, at 6PM on DCW50


Honoring Black History Awards

Each year, WDVM and DCW50 add to their award-winning library of locally-produced documentaries. Listed below are the programs featured during Black History Month. These specials have been nominated for multiple awards over the years.

National Association of Black Journalists

  • Outstanding Documentary / Large Market
    • 2021: Serving While Black | DCW50
    • 2018: North Star to Freedom | DCW50
    • 2017: Jim Crow: Freedoms Deferred | DCW50
    • 2013: The Dream Began Here | DCW50
  • Outstanding Public Service Special / Large Market
    • 2011: Howard Theatre: A Century in Song | DCW50

Mid-Atlantic / Chesapeake Regional Emmy Awards

  • Emmy Award “Outstanding Cultural & Historical Special”
    • 2019: Living Black History | DCW50
    • 2018: North Star to Freedom | DCW50
    • 2013: The Dream Began Here | DCW50

Gracie Award / National Alliance for Women in Media

  • Broadcast Excellence Award / Public Affairs
    • 2011: Hattie’s Lost Legacy | DCW50

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