DCW50, Washington’s CW, is proud to be the market leader in commemorating Black History Month each year.  The station’s award-winning coverage includes original locally-produced programming;  re-broadcasts of past half-hour Washington, DC-based documentaries;  community outreach and informational access on the station’s digital platforms;  custom public service announcements (broadcast throughout each day);  syndicated specials, and more. 

DCW50’s “Hidden History” Awards

Each year, DCW50 adds to its award-winning library of locally produced documentaries.  Listed below are the programs featured each February during Black History month. These specials have been nominated for multiple awards over the years.  The “Hidden History” series  is the recipient of the following awards:

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS

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

MID-ATLANTIC / CHESAPEAKE REGIONAL EMMY AWARDS

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

GRACIE AWARD / NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA

  • 2011   Broadcast Excellence Award / Public Affairs.  Hattie’s Lost Legacy

Show Lineup

Saturday, Feb. 5th  5-6PM 

Policing Black America:  A Matter of Life & Death  

Hosted by Bremante Bryant, “Policing Black America:  A Matter of Life & Death”  examines the roots of police violence against African Americans; focuses on the impact this abuse has had on local families, and explores possible solutions moving forward.  Three parts, each segment includes a discussion with local leaders, educators, and parents.  “The Conflict” explores the beginnings of police crimes against African Americans.  “The Conversation” features local parents and counselors discussing the most effective ways to communicate messages of safety to their young sons.  And “The Solution” features a discussion of how this ongoing problem could possibly end. Guests include Dr. Ravi K Perry, Chair  Professor of Howard University’s department of political science;  Dr. Howard John Wesley, Pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria; and Judge Greg Mathis, Emmy Award-winning of the nationally syndicated “Judge Mathis” court show. 

Saturday, Feb. 5  6PM   

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 Americans. Their efforts at equality began shortly after Emancipation and continued through Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. BLACK LIVES MATTER: BEFORE AND AFTER chronicles these events and their impact.

Sunday, Feb. 6   1-2PM 

James Brown:  The Man, The Music, The Message

Profiles prolific singer and “The Godfather of Soul” who was central to the emergence of funk music and was a major figure of 20th-century music.

Saturday, Feb. 12th  5-7PM 

“We Have a Dream”

This 2-hour special honors the life and legacy of Cr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This program presents interviews and personal recollections from inspirational and notable scholars, entrepreneurs, and entertainers.

Sunday, Feb. 13  1-2PM

HBCU  Battle of the Bands. 

This program was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

Saturday, Feb. 19  5-6 PM

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.  Among the troops assigned these perilous duties were those of the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. These Army regiments – comprised solely of African-American servicemen – came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers. They wore the moniker with pride, and it encompassed all-black units in the Army until the military was desegregated.

Saturday, Feb. 19 6PM

Despite the Civil War victory that granted slaves their freedom, Jim Crow laws helped maintain a segregated society and severely limited opportunities for Blacks. Some might be surprised that Jim Crow rulings impacted our contemporary times in many ways. “Freedom Deferred” chronicles the evolution of Jim Crow laws and profiles some people who were impacted by these rulings.

Sunday, Feb. 20  1PM

This local special traces the career of the first African American Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel (best-supporting actress, 1939, “Gone with the Wind”). Upon her death in 1952, she left her historic Oscar to Howard University as a “beacon of hope and inspiration” to Howard University in Washington, DC.  In the late 1960s, amongst political upheaval in the nation’s capital, the Oscar was lost, misplaced, stolen, or possibly thrown in the Potomac River.   What happened to it?

Sunday, Feb. 20 1:30PM

Emmy winner.  From the first African Americans to pioneer the Civil Rights Movement, to our first African American President, The Dream Began Here explores the evolving roles African Americans had within the White House, the city of Washington, D.C., and our surrounding areas. The Dream Began Here highlights the major contributions of African Americans in the early days of building our nation’s capital.

Saturday, Feb. 26 5PM

A Museum for the Ages.  DCW50 chronicles the history of a museum that has made history.  DCW50’s “Hidden History” examines why and how the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) came to be.  Doors opened to the critically-acclaimed museum in the fall of 2016.

Saturday, Feb. 26 5:30PM

Profiles several African American women from the Washington, DC area, who over the last two centuries, have forged new rights and freedoms for their children, grandchildren, and generations beyond their respective lifetimes. 

Saturday, Feb 26   6PM 

Serving While Black  

Despite incredible racial barriers, more than 1 million African Americans served in World War II. Many like the men and women profiled in SERVING WHILE BLACK did so with distinction. Brigadier General Charles McGee flew 100 plus combat missions as a Tuskegee Airman. Thomas Mangrum joined the Black Panther unit that prevailed at the Battle of the Bulge and eventually led the Allied troops into Germany. The women of the 6888 Postal Unit sorted through a backlog of 7 million pieces of mail meant for their male counterparts, all during the Nazi blitz of London. Waverly Woodson landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Although wounded himself, he gave medical assistance to more than 200 of his fellow soldiers.

Sunday, Feb. 27th  1PM

The one-hour special produced in conjunction with WDVM News explores the many challenges and vast achievements of the African American community in Washington, DC 

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