GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — WOOD TV8 premiered a half-hour special Saturday to honor Black History Month.

There’s more to our history than what students may learn in the classroom. News 8’s Whitney Burney and Donovan Long hosted the collection of history stories not recorded in textbooks.

The special covered the shortage of Black teachers and its impacts on students, and the legacy of historically Black colleges and universities and how they carved a path of success for many Black students.

We also told the story of Dr. Emmett Bolden, a Black dentist who helped push forward civil rights in Grand Rapids in the 1920s, and learned about the legacy of the oldest currently operating Black-owned business in Grand Rapids.

You can find those and other stories from News 8’s series of special coverage throughout February on our Black History Month page.