The HISTORY channel previews its new one-hour documentary “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers” on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Narrated by the 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 peacetime regiments who fought tirelessly to expand the American 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 bringing to light 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 to be told,” said declared 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 Army colonel who served for nearly three decades, so showcasing and honoring our veterans is a cause close to my heart,” the actor said. 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 descendants of the Buffalo Soldiers and paired with historic photographs, original artwork, and never-before-seen materials, “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldierstakes an in-depth look at an important moment in American history and highlights the remarkable soldiers who played a pivotal role in shaping and protecting the nation.
History Channel will also create educational resources for schools to learn about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers.
“Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers“joins a number of other programs and initiatives on The HISTORY Channel commemorating Memorial Day, including premieres of the previously announced Presidential Documentary Event”Theodore Roosevelt“Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and new series”The American presidency with Bill Clintonon 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 MediaMT group. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway and Stephen Mintz are the executive producers of Six West MediaMT group. Jennifer Wagman is executive producer for The HISTORY Channel.
A+E Networks has worldwide distribution rights to “Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers.”
The documentary “After Jackie,” produced by LeBron James and Stanley Nelson, will premiere June 18 on The History Channel