Black History Special Programming

As part of Black History Month, WBTV will be airing several of the documentaries written and produced by our own Steve Crump.  These documentaries will air on the weekend afternoons of 2/14, 2/21 and 2/22.

Here are the dates/times these documentaries will air:

Day/Date                         Time                   Program Title                                    

Saturday, 2/14/08            12N-1 p.m.          "Airman and Adversity"

This documentary film focuses on the Tuskegee Airmen. The film was among an array of Crump's films honored and showcased between 1998 and 2000 during the Black Filmworks Festival of Film and Video at the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in Oakland, California.

Saturday, 2/21/08            12N-1 p.m.          "Forgotten at the Finish Line"

In the early days of thoroughbred racing, African Americans dominated the sport. But today black jockeys and trainers are rare, and the contributions of those pioneers are largely overlooked. Shot on location at racetracks in Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and California, this documentary addresses the forgotten heroes of the Sport of Kings.

Sunday, 2/22/08               12N-12:30 p.m.   "9/4/57"

A story of survival and the attitudes of a community both then and now. Dorothy Counts became the face of school integration in the Carolina's largest city. Steve Crump's documentary captures the events and spirit of that pivotal date--9/4/57

Sunday, 2/22/08               12:30-1 p.m.       "Before Rosa"   

17 months before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat on an Alabama bus in 1955, a little-known Civil Rights heroine named Sarah Mae Flemming refused to obey a similar ordinance on a bus in Columbia, SC. Flemming's story has largely faded from the public's memory. This documentary tells of Flemming's experience with an angry bus driver and her struggle to get her lawsuit against the bus company to court. Eventually, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that segregated seating in Flemming's case was unconstitutional. The ruling became a precedent that played an important role later in the Parks case.