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WLRH Celebrates Black History Month with Special Programming

Thursday, February 11, 2021

WLRH celebrates Black History Month with a selection of Music and Informative programming exploring the African-American experience and showcasing its contributions to American culture.

Friday,  February 12
11am- A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

Tuesday, February 16 
11am-  Max Roach Drums Unlimited
Master drummer Max Roach recounts his own extraordinary journey, from the era of the Jim Crow south to the creation of modern jazz, from the civil rights years to far-reaching experiments in percussion. With thrilling music and storytelling help from friends like Dizzy Gillespie.
Thursday, February 18 
11am- Lift Every Voice and Sing
A collection of powerful songs, stories and interviews with some of today’s most acclaimed Black Artists and Scholars. This program was curated with the intent of creating awareness around the African American musical past, while inspiring listeners to cling to the hopefulness of our musical future together as every voice is heard and celebrated.

Friday, February 19
11am- Black History Special!: Suite History - Four Jazz Composers and the African-American Odyssey
From the 1940s to the 1990s, several jazz composers undertook large-scale orchestral compositions that portrayed the journey of black people from Africa to enslavement in America, and beyond. "Suite History" features music from such works by Ellington, Nelson, Carter and Marsalis.
Monday,  February 22 
11am- Black History Special We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights Jazz
There was a strong relationship between jazz and civil rights in 20th-century America; musicians and many critics as well were advocates for equal rights for African-Americans, and jazz provided a cultural bridge between blacks and whites that helped to work as a force for integration. In the post-World War II era black musicians began to speak up, directly and indirectly, against racial injustice, and they also began to record works with titles or lyrics that referred explicitly to the struggle for equality.
Tuesday, February 23
11am- Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis
Recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans, this hour features jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others.

Thursday, February 25
11am- Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America
Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

7pm- The Public Radio Hour presents: Witness History
A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are fascinating, harrowing, and inspiring.

8pm- Humankind- Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth
Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death. 
Featuring the voices of NY Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led the "1619 Project"; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, which in 2018 established the first national memorial to victims of lynching; and more.

Saturday, February 27
2pm- Arts Underground presents: Selected Shorts- Celebrating James Baldwin
Selected Shorts is one of public media’s longest-running cultural shows, offering short fiction in performance by distinguished actors from stage, screen, television and audio.
In this episode, LeVar Burton presents a program celebrating the author he calls “potent and polemical” featuring excerpts from Baldwin’s works read by Christopher Jackson, Anthony Rapp and Charlayne Woodard.




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