15 JUL 2020


Special programs include award-winning miniseries "The Book Of Negroes", youth-led celebration Free Up! and documentary series “Jackie Robinson”.


“The Book Of Negroes”


CBC will offer special programming in recognition of Emancipation Day in Canada, which commemorates the abolition of slavery across the British Empire on August 1. Based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, acclaimed CBC original miniseries “The Book Of Negroes” (3x120) will receive an encore broadcast as a three-night special event, Sunday, July 26 through Tuesday, July 28 on CBC TV and CBC Gem, followed by Ken Burns’ documentary series “Jackie Robinson” (2x120), telling the story of famed Black baseball player Jack Roosevelt Robinson, Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3 on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

On Saturday, August 1, CBC Arts will partner with Ngozi Paul and Emancipation Arts to present Free Up!, the annual youth-led celebration of Emancipation Day featuring music, theatre, spoken word, and dance.

On Sunday, July 26 leading into the first night of “The Book Of Negroes”, CBC TV will feature special programming with CBC Arts: Exhibitionists - Reflection And Resistance hosted by Amanda Parris, dedicated to Black artists who are trying to create in the midst of an uprising. Asha Tomlinson will host “Being Black In Canada”, a special hour of news, current affairs, and arts content including new interviews and insights with Hill and the miniseries’ creators and cast.

Also on July 26, CBC will launch an expanded Being Black In Canada website featuring the stories and experiences of Black Canadians. The site will showcase profiles, opinion pieces, video, audio, and a wide breadth of content across CBC including news, documentaries, arts, and other programming. The website will not only tackle controversial stories but will also highlight success and historical content that the Black community can take pride in.