Black History

Airs Monday, January 20 at 1 p.m.  Join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Celebration of a "Lasting Heritage" and "Heart & soul" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They will perform Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, I'm Runnin' On, Peace Like a River, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, Rock-a-My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling and many more. 

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Airs Sunday, January 19 at 6 p.m. In this hour-long special 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 grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Airs Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 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 Friday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m. A Salute to Taj Mahal, the one-man palace of blues, world music, roots, folk, and funk. 

Airs Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass, and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock and roll. Using narrative, archival audio, interviews, scholarly commentary and music, Heavenly Sight tells this little known story through broadcast and a comprehensive, interactive web site.

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