Black History Month Specials 2015

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.

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1:00pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Black History

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Airs Monday, February 2 at 1 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. 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.

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12:00am

Sat March 1, 2014
Black History Month 2014

Black Hostory Month 2014 specials

Below are past Black History Month specials.

11:00pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson Celebration

Airs Friday, February 28 at 11 p.m. Insightful review of the life of legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson and his enduring musical legacy. Includes 20 of his legendary recordings and brand-new, exclusive interviews with contemporary blues musicians and historians.

10:00pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Zydeco Nation

Zydeco Nation

Airs Friday, February 28 at 10 p.m.  Zydeco Nation is an hour-long, music-rich documentary that tells the story about an epic chapter in modern American history. Starting during World War II, French-speaking Louisiana Creoles began moving across the country to Northern California in search of both jobs and freedom. They were part of the Great Migration: the movement of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to the big cities of the West, North, and Midwest starting in 1915. In her recent bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson calls that migration “the first big step the nation’s servant class ever took without asking.” The Creoles came from the rice and cane fields of South Louisiana and East Texas. The Oakland area offered shipyard jobs and the promise of better futures—so off they went. They brought with them the musical soundtrack to their lives back home. It was a bluesy, French-inspired, dance music played on the accordion and washboard. They called it zydeco—from the French word for green beans. 

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9:00pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Crescent City Blues

Crescent City Blues

Airs Friday, February 28 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.

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