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.


Club McKenzie / Club McKenzie

Airs Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 9 p.m. As musicians migrated north following the close of Storyville, New Orleans infamous red-light district, many found their way to the newly revitalized city on the north shore of the Harlem River. This program feature a cross section of their music and stories.


Airs Monday, February 13, 2017, at 9 p.m. All Things Considered's Audi 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.

Press Image / Historically Black

Airs Sunday, February 12, at 6 p.m. This program consists of unique stories narrated by Keegan-Michael Key and Roxane Gay:NASA Human Computers During World War II, a labor shortage obliged the military to hire African American women with mathematical skills to help make complicated computations for warplane designs. This small team faced discrimination, but would help NASA astronauts land on the moon.  Million Man March: The Million Man March of 1995 is remembered in a conversation between a young woman and her father, who attended it.

Tears of a Clown Logo / African American Public Radio Consortium

Airs Tuesday, February 10, at 10 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.  The music in "Tears of a Clown" is straight out of the Motown vault.

Airs Friday, February 10, at 9 p.m. Crescent City Blues takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town.