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 Wednesday, February  17, at 1 p.m.  Led by Dr. Anthony Trecek-King in concert at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, the acclaimed Boston Children’s Chorus celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Airs Monday, February 15, at 9 p.m. All Things Considered's Audie Cornish guest hosts this week’s Jazz Night in America episode. The tables turn as JNIA host Christian McBride -- Grammy Award winning bassist and composer -- talks about and performs his suite, The Movement Revisited, inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr.   The performance was captured live at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, McBride's hometown.  

Airs Sunday, February 14, at 6 p.m. King Stories features captivating stories told by friends and associates who were intimately involved with the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Host Julian Bond, along with insiders—Ralph Abernathy, David Garrow, Dick Gregory, Mark Lane and Larry Williams—share rarely documented stories about the personal and private sides of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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