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 26, at 7 p.m. The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove. With Good Reason interviews Rita Dove and features readings from Dove, as well as readings by renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander and Ishmael Reed.

Airs Tuesday, February 25 at 10 p.m. The artistic collaboration between Duke Ellington and composer/ arranger Billy Strayhorn is one of the most important in the history of American music.  It's the subject of the music documentary,"The Magic of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn" presented by the AAPRC Network this month.

Airs Wednesday, February 25, at 9 p.m. Soul legend Marvin Gaye was a writer, producer, vocalist and extraordinary artist.This week the AAPRC presents radio documentary, "Stubborn Kinda Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye".  The one-hour show is hosted by his lifelong friend and colleague Smokey Robinson, and produced by BBC Producer Sue Clark.

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. 

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