A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are fascinating, harrowing, and inspiring.

Hear about the mother who created a ‘little black book’ to give her son tools to protect his survival when dealing with the police; after the US officially made lynching a federal crime, we meet the great grand-daughter of Ida B Wells who campaigned for the change. And, we hear about the Hollywood practice of ‘painting down’ white stunt actors to portray African Americans – and the campaign to stop it.

About Witness

Go back in time to key events in history and hear the story of our times told by the people who were there. Witness History features first-hand accounts, archive material and insight from historians.


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Preview audio available: January 18, 2023
Promo spot available: January 25, 2023
Program rundown available: January 27, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: January 27, 2023


Broadcast Window

February 1, 2023 - February 28, 2023

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