Airs Wednesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. Are Americans afraid of black men? That's one of the issues at the heart of the national debate over the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. This hour, we take a closer look at negative stereotypes about African American men, how those biases affect our justice system, and what we might be able to do about it.
Airs Monday, February 23, at 8 p.m. Illustrator Tracy Sugarman calls his art "reportorial" - he has specialized in capturing moments in history from D-Day to the moon landing. His latest book, Drawing Conclusions: An Artist Discovers His America is a memoir, with particular attention to his involvement in the civil rights movement. His portraits of historical figures like Martin Luther King, and illustrations of such events as the trial of the assassins of Malcolm X, bring an era to vivid life. Then... A conversation with award-winning journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr. In his book On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail, Cobb takes us on a journey to places we thought we already knew. As a former organizer and field secretary for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) Cobb was on the scene as history was being made. In this captivating conversation, he recalls the sights and sounds and backstage stories of events that changed the country.
Airs Monday, February 23, at 1 p.m. Join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate Black History month with Messenger of Peace featuring Peace Like a River, In Christ There Is No East or West, When the Saints Go Marching In, Deep River, and Down by the Riverside. Then we hear them ina program titled Songs From The Soul featuring baritone Robert Sims, Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition. Highly praised for his moving interpretations of African American spirituals, he joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in performances of The Gospel Train, Is There Anybody Who Loves My Jesus, I Gotta Home In-a Dat Rock, Down to the River to Pray, and Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.
Airs Sunday, February 22, at 6 p.m. State of the Re:Union has made it an annual tradition to commemorate Black History Month with a special episode exploring lesser known corners of African-American history. This year, we do that through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole. From a poem celebrating Nina Simone and her powerful voice for social change, to the story of the surprising event that sparked the hip-hop cultural revolution, to unsung heroes of the culinary arts, SOTRU provides a rich hour of art as a window into African-American history, and how communities have been transformed by it.
Airs Friday, February 20, at 10 p.m. Donny Hathaway was a songwriter, vocalist, pianist, and arranger with a passionate sound that was unique, and instantly recognizable to this day. His ability to express powerful emotions through music was awe inspiring. His peers considered him a genius.