The HISTORY® channel premieres its new one-hour documentary “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Narrated by Golden Globe nominee and award-winning actor Blair Underwood, the documentary tells the incredible but largely unknown story of the nation’s first all-black peace regiments who fought tirelessly to expand America’s presence in the West and defend the United States on foreign soil. The bravery, bravery and unwavering service of these soldiers, and their heroic acts of resilience on and off the battlefield, paved the way for future generations of African American men and women to join and succeed in the ‘army.
“The HISTORY® Channel is committed to shining a light on the historical figures and events that have shaped our nation for the better, and the story of the Buffalo Soldiers is a story of courage, perseverance and heroism that deserves be told,” said Eli Lehrer, executive vice president. and head of programming for the HISTORY® channel. “We are honored to partner with Blair Underwood to bring this story to life and shed light on this incredibly important piece of history for our audience.”
“My father is a retired colonel who served for nearly three decades, so showcasing and honoring our veterans is a cause close to my heart,” said actor Blair Underwood. “I am thrilled to partner with The HISTORY® Channel to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers and how their bravery and insight have made endless contributions to our nation.”
In 1866, as the United States recovered from the bloody aftermath of the Civil War, Congress passed the Army Reorganization Act, authorizing the establishment of six all-black peacetime regiments. These brave men, who would later become known as the Buffalo Soldiers, fought admirably for decades to support the nation’s expansion into the West through tasks that included protecting settlers and national parks, building roads and infrastructure and participating in major military efforts, while helping to capture cattle rustlers, thieves and combat other threats.
However, the Buffalo Soldiers were fighting for more than national expansion and battlefield victory. At the same time, they fought for equality and justice at home. Featuring interviews with military experts, historians and Buffalo Soldiers descendants, as well as historical photographs, original artwork and never-before-seen documents, “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” takes a IN DEPTH look at an important moment in American history and shine a light on the remarkable soldiers who played a pivotal role in shaping and protecting the nation.
The History® channel will also create educational resources for schools to learn more about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.
“Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” joins a number of other HISTORY® Channel programs and initiatives commemorating Memorial Day, including premieres of the previously announced “Theodore Roosevelt” Presidential Documentary Event on Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. HE/PT and new series “The American Presidency with Bill Clinton” on Monday, May 30 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Theodore Roosevelt” marks the network’s fourth premium presidential miniseries. Produced by world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize®-winning bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio, the miniseries will provide a rich, panoramic portrait of America’s first modern president – Theodore Roosevelt.
“The American Presidency with Bill Clinton” is a six-episode executive series produced by former President Clinton and explores the history of the American presidency and the struggle for a more perfect union.
“Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” is produced for The HISTORY® Channel by Six West MediaTM. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway and Stephen Mintz are the executive producers of the Six West MediaTM group. Jennifer Wagman is executive producer for The HISTORY® Channel.
A+E Networks has worldwide distribution rights to “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers.”
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