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.

Tears of a Clown Logo / African American Public Radio Consortium

Airs Tuesday, February 16, at 9 p.m. The story of Smokey Robinson is actually the story of Motown. In this 2-hour music special we learn that Smokey was from the start, the creative backbone of the Motown operation.

Robinson is one of the most prolific American popular songwriters of all time. He was Berry Gordy's number two person. And his ability to write hit songs had everything to do with Motown becoming a music powerhouse.

Music of the Civil Rights & Black Consciousness Movements Logo / African American Public Radio Consortium

Airs Monday, February 15 at 10 p.m. So Many musical artists weighed in during the decades of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements... Nina Simone, Max Roach, Gil Scott-Heron, Archie Shepp, James Brown, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Art Blakey, Curtis Mayfield... The list goes on! The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements Radio Special takes us back to a time when the social revolution taking place in America was reflected in the popular music that was all around us.


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.  

King Stories Logo / King Stories

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.