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.

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Airs Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m.  When we think of the role women played in the Civil War, most of us think of nurses tending wounded soldiers or housewives making bandages. But, in her book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Karen Abbott tells the thrilling stories of four women spies — two for the Union side and two for the Confederates — whose daring exploits influenced the course of the war.

Airs Wednesday, February 24, at 8 p.m. Through story and song, author Russell Goings has adapted his epic poem “The Children of Children Keep Coming” into an hour-long spoken word performance that delineates and celebrates the too often unsung African American cultural history. His inspiration comes from friendship of iconic collagist Romare Bearden and from the voices of the ancestors.

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Airs Monday, February 22, at 9 p.m.  The late Julian Bond conducted 51 extensive interviews with prominent black leaders in America. Phyllis Leffler who led the project with Bond, has written a book on the series that offers insights into the intractable disparities of race in America. Also: In the 1940’s Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. Arthur Abraham is one of three editors of The Autobiography of an African Princess , which traces Fatima’s life from her youth in Africa to her later years in America. 

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Airs Friday, February 26, at 11 p.m. Rock and Roll started out as an interracial forum, but Slate’s pop critic Jack Hamilton says rock turned into a predominantly white music genre, and he’s piecing together why. Also: The history of the great American game of baseball represents all the paradoxes of race relations in our country.

Airs Sunday, February 21, at 6 p.m. Protests against shootings of young black men by the police have pushed the issue of race to the top of the public agenda. The BBC's Washington Correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, has covered many of the recent protests, from Baltimore to Ferguson. In this series of two one-hour documentaries, Rajini takes a step back and examines some of the deep, underlying structural issues which America still has with race.