Black History Month Special Programming

Thursday February 1st @ 2pm- The Fierce Urgency of Now: The 1963 March on Washington: 

Exploring the roots of the March on Washington in radical labor politics in the 1940s, and looking even further back to the Emancipation. With guests who helped organize or attended the march, they’ll consider the anxieties felt by many in Washington in the days leading up to it, and get personal perspectives on the events and impact of the day. 

Tuesday February 6th @ 8pm- Portraits in Black: Jazz Tributes to African American Heroes:

Today African-American heroes and heroines and figures of inspiration are celebrated in American culture, but it wasn’t always so. In the mid-20th century it was sometimes jazz artists who stepped up with musical dedications to people such as Jackie Robinson , Marcus Garvey , Paul Robeson , and Malcom X. Hear some of these tributes from Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Nelson, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, and others.

Wednesday February 7th- Friday Febaury 9th @ 8pm- Big Red Couch: 5 Decades of Great Black Music:

The Big Red Couch will look back at some of the most influential African American Musicians over the past 5 decades. This 3 hour special program will include Duke Ellington, Irma Thomas, The Temptations, Gregory Porter and More.

Monday Febaury 12th @ 3pm- Witness

Go back in time to key events in history and hear the story of our times told by the people who were there. Witness features first-hand accounts, archive material and insight from historians. Hosted by various BBC World Service presenters. 

Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th @ 8pm-  Music of the Civil Right and Black Consciousness Movement

The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movement is a 2-hour production that weaves together over 60 tunes, with a narrative of events intermittent voice clips of history makers and Columbia University historian Josef Sorett.

Monday February 19th @ 2pm- Mind the Gap

Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students, but those schools are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the minority achievement gap.

Tuesday February 20th @ 2pm- Lives and Legacies

This hour long special hosted by WAER’s Kijin Higashibaba will trace the cultural influence of African Americans.  We’ll travel from the first integrated high school basketball game to 28 days of Black Cosplay to How Black Lives Matter Got An Anthem. Join us for this Black History Month special program.

Thursday February 22nd @ 7pm- The Afterlife of Otis Redding: Otis Redding’s five magnificent years in showbiz transformed the sound of soul music. His grainy, growling, and “squawking” voice kept the music rooted in the older traditions of the black church and black life in America. We’ll examine the lasting affect that his life had on our society and culture on this special program.

Monday Febaury 26th & Tuesday February 27th @ 8pm- Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movement:

The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movement is a 2-hour production that weaves together over 60 tunes, with a narrative of events intermittent voice clips of history makers and Columbia University historian Josef Sorett.