rainbow coalition 603x452Friday, February 7 at 9 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances across lines of race and ethnicity with other community-based movements in the city, including the Latino group the Young Lords Organization and the southern whites of the Young Patriots organization. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America to collectively confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition. By 1973, the coalition had collapsed under the weight of relentless harassment by local and federal law enforcement. Although short-lived, it had an outsize impact: breaking down barriers between communities, it created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for future activists and politicians across the nation. The First Rainbow Coalition tells the movement's little-known story through rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members.

On Television

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    February 02, 2020

    Baba Wain

    Sunday, February 16 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. Jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright uses music as a starting point to stress the values of discipline, hard work and self-respect for underserved kids in Oakland through his African Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy. His well-rehearsed student…
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    Jan 29, 2020

    Rebels With a Cause

    Wednesday, February 12 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. The story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of…
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    Jan 27, 2020

    NOVA: Black Hole Universe

    Monday, February 10 at 8 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of…
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    Jan 27, 2020

    Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

    Monday, February 10 at 8 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. Nicknamed "Architect to the Stars," African American architect Paul R. Williams had a life…
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    Jan 22, 2020

    Heartland Local Food

    Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm on KPJK TV in the South Bay. The local food debate going on at the Farmers Market in Lawrence, Kansas is representative…
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    Jan 22, 2020

    Howards End on Masterpiece, Episode 1

    Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm on KRCB TV in the North Bay. A passionate misunderstanding, a surprise visit, and a stolen umbrella set into motion a…
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    Jan 20, 2020

    Impeachment Trial Coverage on NorCal Public Media

    Northern California Public Media will carry live coverage of the US Senate Impeachment Trial. Watch on KRCB TV in the North Bay, or watch and listen…

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