Black History

Airs Friday, February 27, at 10 p.m. A Man Like Curtis is a two hour tribute to Curtis Mayfield, hosted by Lenny Kravitz, for whom Curtis was a major musical influence.  With commentary from many fellow artists and family members, we learn how, despite his accomplishments as a prodigious writer and arranger of his generation, Mayfield remained a humble soul for the entirety of his life.

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 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. 

Airs Wednesday, February 18, at 11 p.m. Her voice is instantly recognizable. Her youthful exuberance, pure sound and positive energy just make you feel good. Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but when she sang, she radiated a joy consistent with her own character both on and off the bandstand. 

Airs Sunday, February 1, at 6 p.m. In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone's choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?