Houston encompasses a rich history of diversity, but also has its fair share of struggles with its ever-growing melting pot of cultures. To commemorate the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.—the greatest civil rights leader and activist in American history—Houston Public Media will air a new hour-long special, Houston In Black and White, this MLK Day (Jan 16) at 9 p.m.

Co-hosted by Ernie Manouse, producer for Houston Public Media's TV 8, and Eddie Robinson, News 88.7 radio anchor for “Morning Edition,” the show will commence with a short message from Mayor Sylvester Turner followed by discussions with a panel of civil rights activists, including Deric Muhammad, Andrew Hamilton, Rev. Hannah Terry and Natalie Arceneaux.  

We examine why some people think racism in Houston is getting better, why some think it’s getting worse, why some think it’s widespread, why some think it’s invisible and why many of them think, on some level, it’s actually the norm,” says Robinson.

The program aims to promote a future of mending societal gaps and a positive understanding of different backgrounds by highlighting an array of topics, from racism and Affirmative Action to police brutality and the media.

Houston In Black and White is a part of Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity project, an initiative to shed light on what diversity means for the Bayou City. 

During the guided discussions, viewers can join the conversation by tweeting questions with the hashtag #HouBW. For those unable to catch the program on TV, it will also be streamed online.

Houston In Black and White

Jan 16 at 9 p.m. on TV 8. Watch it live. houstonpublicmedia.org

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