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 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 Monday, February 11 at 9 p.m. This past Martin Luther King Holiday (January, 2013) Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo performed live at the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Los Angeles in honor of Dr. King. Producer Jim Luce shares the live recording of this solo performance, mixed with Luis' own comments about his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement, and his own musical journey from his home in Caracas, to the jazz capital of the world, New York City.
Airs Tuesday, Monday 16 at 11:00 a.m. Lead by their conductor, Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a King Celebration. Hosted by Fred Child and Lois Reitzes, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Yo-Yo Ma, and the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Choirs in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schwantner and Dvorak.