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.

 

Airs Wednesday, February 8 at 9 p.m. "Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio" examines the legacy of Black radio, focusing on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. The story of Black radio in Philadelphia is actually the story of Black music, of civil rights and progress in the African-American community, and of how the radio medium has changed in the last century. The documentary special is hosted by legendary Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble. Today, a lot of people don't know what the term "Black radio" means.

Press Image / Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America

Airs Monday, February 6, 2017 at 8 p.m. Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen.

Airs Monday, February 6, at 11 a.m. Join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate Black History month with The Power of Dreams & Heart and Soul featuring Alyson Cambridge. Featured works include Peace Like a River, I'm Runnin' On African, Great Day African, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me African, My Country, 'Tis of Thee, Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, The Battle of Jericho, Down By the Riverside, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Below are specials we have aired in past Years for Black History Month.

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Airs Sunday, February 28, at 6 p.m. Protests against shootings of young black men by the police have pushed the issue of race to the top of the public agenda. The BBC's Washington Correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, has covered many of the recent protests, from Baltimore to Ferguson. In this series of two one-hour documentaries, Rajini takes a step back and examines some of the deep, underlying structural issues which America still has with race.

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