Rethinking Religion: Music, Religion, & the Politics of Race, Part 2
Airs Monday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. During the vibrant years of the Harlem Renaissance, music, religion, and spitituality were interconnected -- not just in the religious setting of the church, but in the jazz club, the dance hall, the rent party, even the political street rally. Writer Carl Hancock Rux, Reverend Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, historian Farah Griffin, Professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, and others explore these powerful interconnections. Includes the voices of Langston Hughes, poet Sterling Brown, Marcus Garvey, as well as readings from Hughes, Arna Bontemps, and musician James Reese Europe. Music includes The Abyssinian Baptist Choir, Geri Allen, Ma Rainey, James Reese Europe's 369th US Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band, Ron Carter Big Band, Fats Waller, James P Johnson, Willie The Lion Smith, Courtney Bryan, and more.