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 Sunday, February 22, at 6 p.m. State of the Re:Union has made it an annual tradition to commemorate Black History Month with a special episode exploring lesser known corners of African-American history. This year, we do that through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole. From a poem celebrating Nina Simone and her powerful voice for social change, to the story of the surprising event that sparked the hip-hop cultural revolution, to unsung heroes of the culinary arts, SOTRU provides a rich hour of art as a window into African-American history, and how communities have been transformed by it.

Airs Friday, February 20, at 10 p.m. Donny Hathaway was a songwriter, vocalist, pianist, and arranger with a passionate sound that was unique, and instantly recognizable to this day.  His ability to express powerful emotions through music was awe inspiring. His peers considered him a genius.

Airs Friday, February 20 at 10 p.m. Honoring NEA Jazz Masters Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean and J.J. Johnson. We're pleased to present Masters on Masters: a tribute to NEA Jazz Masters recipients JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson and Jackie McLean - with conversations and live performances. Weaving together narrative, three live concerts and interview clips, Producer Jim Luce teamed up with three of today's jazz giants to create a memorable event. Pianist Renee Rosnes and her Quartet honor tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Airs Friday, February 20, at 9 p.m. Still Singing the Blues features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and rhythm-and-blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The hour-long, music-rich documentary burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans.

Airs Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. The Bluest Eye and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers.