Black History Month Specials

Various Times

Join us as we celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions in the arts, literature, sciences, and humanities that African Americans have achieved through the centuries.

Tears of a Clown Logo / African American Public Radio Consortium

Airs Monday, February 19, 2018, at 9 p.m. The story of Smokey Robinson is actually the story of Motown. In this 2-hour music special we learn that Smokey was from the start, the creative backbone of the Motown operation.

Robinson is one of the most prolific American popular songwriters of all time. He was Berry Gordy's number two person. And his ability to write hit songs had everything to do with Motown becoming a music powerhouse.

BBC / APM

Airs Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. A special hour-long edition of Witness from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience as told by people who were there. We hear the story of America’s first major-party black candidate for president; meet one of the founding members of the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers; and Ruby Bridges talks about being escorted to school by U.S. Marshals.

Press Image / Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio

Airs Friday, February 16, 2018, at 10 p.m. "Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio" examines the legacy of Black radio, focusing on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of Black music, of civil rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century. The documentary special is hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble.

Press Image / Crescent City Blues

Airs Friday, February 16, 2018, at 9 p.m. Crescent City Blues takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill.

Club McKenzie / Club McKenzie

Airs Thursday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. As musicians migrated north following the close of Storyville, New Orleans infamous red-light district, many found their way to the newly revitalized city on the north shore of the Harlem River. This program feature a cross section of their music and stories.

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