February is Black History Month, so for our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, we sought to showcase how local people are paying tribute to the past and making a difference today.

From uncovering the use of slave labor in Rhode Island to a new age of football in Westerly and how a store owner is giving back to the community, these are stories of determination and rising above.

In this 12 on 12: Unlocking RI’s hidden history | Store owner providing hope, support | New Central Falls police chief makes history | Westerly football enters new era | More stories


‘We’re trying to tell the unvarnished truth’: Unlocking RI’s hidden history


Support is Key: Store owner offering far more than just clothing


New chief seeks to bridge gap between police, community


How football helped Westerly coach overcome challenges


Further Viewing

12 Town Hall: Race in RI | The Business of Making Change
12 on 12: Perspectives on Race

Around the Country:

An error has occurred, which probably means the feed is down. Try again later.

More Honoring Black History on WPRI.com »


Credits

Reporters – Chelsea Jones, Anita Baffoni, Courtney Carter, Rosie Langello, Yianni Kourakis
Executive Producers – Shaun Towne, Jen Quinn
Photographers/Editors – Nick Blair
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini
Digital Content Producers – Lee Dooley, Shaun Towne
Special Thanks – James Bartone, Susan Tracy-Durant, Karen Rezendes


12 on 12 Digital Originals by 12 News

Student Setbacks & Successes »


Vaccine 101 »

Honoring Black History »

Untraditional Holidays »

The Value of Home »

The War on Alzheimer’s »

Atypical Election »

Distance Learning Divide »

Summer Weather Threats »

Perspectives on Race »

Youth Sports Sidelined »

It’s Good News »

Coronavirus: 12 Things to Know »

The Impact of Opioids »

State of the Bay »

The Business of Cannabis »

Winter Weather Outlook »

The Mafia Tapes »

An American Debate »

A Burning Controversy »

Cold Case Cards: All In »