African American History Month on AFN

African American History Month2013 has two anniversaries important in the history of our country. January 1st marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which set Americans on the path to ending slavery. A century later in 1963, that path met the crossroads of the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech.

In Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, AFN is proud to deliver special offerings for the occasion.

Walt Disney Studios® has granted AFN the rights to a Worldwide Television Premiere of the critically acclaimed movie Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Nominated for twelve academy awards and winning a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice award for best actor by Day-Lewis’s portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, it will premiere Saturday February 16th 7pm CET/JKT on AFN|movie, with three additional encore airings. Additionally, keep on the lookout for Lincoln: An American Journey on AFN|movie and AFN|family, giving an extensive back story on the making of the epic, and an inside look at Dreamworks® Pictures.

lincoln-movie-posterAs the Civil War continues to rage, America’s 16th president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, and Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Saturday, February 16th 7pm CET/JKT AFN|movie
Sunday, February 17th 8pm CET/JKT AFN|family
Monday, February 18th 9pm CET/JKT AFN|movie
Sunday, March 3rd 7pm CET/JKT AFN|movie

American Experience: The Abolitionists
Sundays, February 3rd, 10th & 17th 4pm CET/JKT
on AFN|prime.
The AbolitionistsVividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, The Abolitionists tells the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Fighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists tore the nation apart in order to form a more perfect union. The series, which tells the story largely through period drama narrative, airs 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January 1863.

Betty & Coretta
Friday, February 8th, 7:00 pm
on AFN|movie
Betty & CorettaThe dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wives respectively of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as they create an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations. Stars Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Malik Yoba and Lindsay Owen Pierre.


Stories From The Road To Freedom
Saturday, February 23rd 10am
on AFN|spectrum
road_2_freedomA new two-hour special narrated by Deon Cole gives a fresh perspective of the black movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. This special uses first-hand accounts, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen archival footage, and home movies to chronicle African American life as lived by regular people, in their own words, through 150 years of social upheaval. See and hear from remarkable individuals who for better or worse, whether they were aware of it or not, paved the way through the greatest social movement in American history.

AFN has many more shows and movies to commemorate the month, including Roots, the third-highest-rated US television program ever to air every day on AFN|movie from February 11th to the 16th. For a complete list go to and search for “Black History.”