WGN Commemorates Black History Month

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To celebrate Black History Month, Tribune Broadcasting’s WGN Chicago is planning to air three documentaries, as well as special news coverage.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective, an in-depth look at King’s life; will air on Feb. 12; TV in Black: The First Fifty Years, airing Feb. 27, will examine African-American contributions to television; and Oscar’s Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Halle, also showing on Feb. 27, highlights African-American Oscar nominations and victories.

The station is also prepping a series of reports entitled Unsung Heroes, featuring profiles of Chicago-area residents who have made significant contributions to their communities. The profiles will air on WGN’s 9 p.m. news Friday and Saturday and again on the morning news the following Monday. WGN’s Cover Stories program, to be broadcast during the 9 p.m. news, will also highlight issues impacting African-Americans in the Chicago area.

Finally, Saturday morning public-affairs show People to People, hosted by anchors Allison Payne and Steve Sanders,will air special segments covering topics including health and fitness for black children.