Tanya Hart has a long and illustrious connection with PBS, Public Broadcasting System, which began during her many years on the air in the Boston television market.  She also has two films, both hosted and co-produced by Tanya, featured in the PBS Video Catalog.




Dark Passages


Dark Passages tells the story and impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade through a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization. Viewers are taken from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the Coast of Dakar, to Senegal, to the Village of Juffere on the Gambia River.

Dark Passages – Producers, Tanya Hart, Valerie Whitmore; Studio Crew Director, Wally Ashby; a product of Broadcast Video Productions, Inc. Black Entertainment Television.

Slave trade — Africa, West.
Slave trade — United States.
Slavery — United States — History.
Slaves’ writings, American.
Islam — Africa, West.
African Americans — Genealogy.





Flyers in Search of a Dream


Most Americans are familiar with The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart, but few know the stories of America’s pioneering Black Aviators, who overcame social pressures to gain the right to fly.

Flyers in Search of a Dream documents the lives and adventures of early African American Aviators; from Bessie Coleman, the first African American to earn an aviator license, to James Herman Banning, the first African American to complete a transcontinental flight.

Flyers in Search of a Dream – Philip Hart and WGBH Educational Foundation.
Producers – Philip Hart, Barbara Barrow-Murray, Tanya Hart; Writers, Philip and Tanya Hart.

Additional Credits: Camera, Tim Garraty, Editor, John Baynard
Performers: Narrator, Tanya Hart.

Subject: Coleman, Bessie, 1896-1926.
Powell, William J., 1899-1942.
African American air pilots History.
African American air pilots Biography.
African Americans Civil rights History 20th century.
African Americans Aeronautics History.
Aeronautics United States History.


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