Black History Month Specials 2017

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.

Mormon Choir: The Power of Dreams & Heart and Soul featuring Alyson Cambridge - Airs Monday, February 6, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America - Airs Monday, February 6, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Going Black - The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio - Airs Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 9 p.m.

Crescent City Blues - Airs Friday, February 10, 2017, at 9 p.m.

Tears of a Clown The Smokey Robinson Story - Airs Friday, February 10, 2017, at 10 p.m.

Historically Black Episode One - Airs Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 6 p.m.

The Movement Revisited: Christian McBride's Suite for the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Monday, February 13, 2017, at 9 p.m.

Harlem Renaissance - Airs Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9 p.m. 

Still Singing the Blues - Airs Thursday, February 17, 2017, at 9 p.m.

She's Every Woman The Chaka Khan Story - Airs Thursday, February 17, 2017, at 10 p.m.

Historically Black Episode Two - Airs Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 6 p.m.

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. - Airs Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity - Airs Monday, February 20, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Historically Black Episode Three - Airs Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 6 p.m.

Bob Marley - Live Forever - Airs Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 8 p.m

Zydeco Nation - Airs Thursday, February 24, 2017, at 9 p.m.

Otis Redding - The Emergence of Otis Redding - Airs Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10 p.m.

Michelle Obama: Black Like Me - Airs Monday, February 27, 2017, at 8 p.m.


Press Image / Say it Loud

Airs Monday, February 20 at 8 p.m. "Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

Press Image / WQXR and WNYC

Airs Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Press Image / Historically Black

Airs Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. This program consists of three unique stories hosted by Issa Rae, Heben Nigatu, and Tracy Clayton:

Slave Bill of Sale: Members of an extended Tennessee family talk about their great-great-grandfather, a slave owned by his white, biological father. After Emancipation, their ancestor managed to buy a farm. Family members reflect on the strength it took to survive slavery and to prosper in the years that followed.

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Airs Friday, February 17, at 10 p.m. "She's Every Woman", a 2-hour documentary, tells the story of Chaka's rise, beginning in the 1970's, and her journey as a career vocalist, now spanning over 40 years. Chaka Khan is a force of nature, acknowledged as one of the greatest living vocalists on the planet.  She has secured a place in the pantheon of African-American musical royalty for a generation.  Songwriter Valerie Simpson, who penned Chaka's hit, "I'm Every Woman" (along with her late husband Nick Ashford), is the host.

Richard Ziglar / Still Singing the Blues

Airs Friday, February 17, 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.