Experience The Human Spirit

Tune in to four inspiring and courageous tales of perseverance in the face of adversity. Visit an experimental boarding school in Kenya, take part in a gruelling race along side a live volcano, see the challenges faced by a young man in pursuit of his dream and witness the journey along the Underground Railroad as OLN embraces the human spirit this February.

“OLN is proud to offer viewers personal and inspiring stories from around the world during Black History Month” commented Alain Strati, VP Specialty TV & Development, Rogers Media Television.

Boys of Baraka
Saturday, February 7 at 8pm ET/PT
Boys of Baraka focuses on a generation of inner-city kids abandoned by society. Growing up in Baltimore, they are all too aware of their bleak statistics – 61 per cent of the city’s African-American boys fail to graduate from high school; 50 per cent of them end up in jail. Destiny comes to 16 boys including Richard, Romesh, Montrey and Devon, with a unique twist – a chance to attend an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya. This is an opportunity for these young men to change their lives by gaining educational confidence by graduating from high school as well as sharing a unique and memorable experience together. See their incredible transformation in Boys of Baraka.

Volcanic Spirit
Saturday, February 14 at 8pm ET/PT
Volcanic Spirit shares the story of Africa’s most difficult mountain race – the ‘Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope’ and the local athletes who risk everything to compete. The town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts the challenging marathon-length sprint – 10,000 feet up and down a live volcano! Almost fifty per cent of those who start the race will not finish, but those who persevere have the chance to win more than the average yearly salary in Cameroon. For these dedicated competitors, Mt. Cameroon is not just a race, it’s their only shot at achieving wealth and fame. Follow fierce competitors such as Sarah Etonge (five-time champion and mother of seven) on their journey to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Year of the Bull
Saturday, February 21 at 8pm ET/PT
Meet Taureen Charles – the All-American team captain of the Miami North Western Bulls and blue-chip prospect for the NFL. Year of the Bull is a candid look in to Taureen’s life, his struggle to get out of the inner-city and his determination to qualify for a Division One collegiate football program. Taureen believes that football will enable him to provide a better life for him and his family. His journey is not without its complications – disappointing SAT scores, peer pressure, internal struggles, state-wide media attention, and immense pressure to succeed – and Taureen must face some difficult dilemmas and important decisions. Year of the Bull begs the ultimate question for struggling young athletes: What matters most…SAT scores or the final score of the game?

A Thousand Miles to Freedom
Saturday, February 28 at 8pm ET/PT
A Thousand Miles to Freedom is the story of Canada and The Underground Railroad. For more than 40,000 African Americans living in the United States, the Underground Railroad became a term synonymous with freedom — freedom in a place called Canada, “The Promised Land.” A Thousand Miles to Freedom brings viewers the Canadian perspective on this grueling trek out of oppression revealing the past through the eyes of those who lived it.

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