Black History Month Specials 2016

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.

Airs Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. Today's Modern Gospel has evolved into a distinct art-form as musical legends incorporated the popular music of their day (i.e. blues, soul, jazz and hip-hop) into Gospel performances, making the message accessible to each new generation. In some cases, Gospel hits lived for months at the top of Pop Charts and Gospel Charts simultaneously. Gospel Greats shares the stories and music of some of the artists who have had the greatest impact on the evolution of the art-form.

Airs Tuesday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will host the New Hampshire special. Our coverage will feature candidate speeches, newsmaker interviews, and analysis from NPR’s National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving and Political Director Domenico Montanaro, along with polling insights from Democratic Pollster Anna Greenberg of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research and Republican Pollster Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights.

Airs Wednesday, February 10, at 9 p.m. Today's Modern Gospel has evolved into a distinct art-form as musical legends incorporated the popular music of their day (i.e. blues, soul, jazz and hip-hop) into Gospel performances, making the message accessible to each new generation.  In some cases, Gospel hits lived for months at the top of Pop Charts and Gospel Charts simultaneously.

Airs Monday, February 8, at 9 p.m. Gospel Greats is a 3-Part Special Program Hosted by jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Today's Modern Gospel has evolved into a distinct art-form as musical legends incorporated the popular music of their day (i.e. blues, soul, jazz and hip-hop) into Gospel performances, making the message accessible to each new generation.  In some cases, Gospel hits lived for months at the top of Pop Charts and Gospel Charts simultaneously. Gospel Greats shares the stories and music of some of the artists who have had the greatest impact on the evolution of the art-form.

Airs Monday, February 8, at 1 p.m. 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.

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.

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