Black History Month Programming

2015 Schedule of Black History Month Radio Programs:

Monday 02/02/15 - Re:Defining Black History  

Tuesday 02/03/15 - Leadership from the Bottom Up 

Thursday 02/05/15 - Pike County, Ohio - As Black as We Wish to Be 

Friday 02/06/15 - Who Is This Man? 

Monday 02/09/15 - Tavis Smiley - The Hidden Dr. King Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr has been shrink-wrapped and formatted to be innocuous and non-threatening. Dream speeches, desegregation, voting rights, and Selma marches could be accommodated. But when he articulated a critique of the system as a whole then he became a danger to the establishment. That Dr. King has been largely obscured. At Riverside Church in New York he said the Vietnam War was “a symptom of a far deeper malady.” And then he added, “We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” By giving that speech Dr. King basically signed his own death warrant.

Thursday 02/12/15 - King's Last MarchAlthough it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.

Friday 02/13/15 - The Children of Children Keep ComingThrough story and song, author Russell Goings has adapted his epic poem “The Children of Children Keep Coming” into an hour-long spoken word performance that delineates and celebrates the too often unsung African American cultural history.  His inspiration comes from friendship of iconic collagist Romare Bearden and from the voices of the ancestors. Infused with the improvisational feel of jazz, this program celebrates the soulful spirits of ancestors through Goings’ masterfully poetic prose.  Narratives of historical figures Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Phillis Wheatley intertwine with mythic characters Evalina, Banjo Pete and Black Tiny Shiny to tell the important story of the African American heroic journey.  

 Monday 02/16/15 - Rethinking Religion - The Harlem Renaissance: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Race, Part 1From The Columbia University Institute For Religion, Culture and Public Life, and the Luce Group, an exploration in words and music of how music, religion, and politics intersected during this rich period in African American history.

Tuesday 02/17/15 - Rethinking Religion - The Harlem Renaissance: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Race, Part 2From The Columbia University Institute For Religion, Culture and Public Life, and the Luce Group, an exploration in words and music of how music, religion, and politics intersected during this rich period in African American history.

Thursday 02/19/15 - Jazz and Civil RightsHow the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane were tied to the struggle for racial equality.

Friday 02/20/15 - Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni MorrisonRenowned writers, singers, and poets, including Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni, paid tribute to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison with an extravaganza at Virginia Tech. With Good Reason interviewed Morrison and shares highlights from the night of tributes.

 Monday 02/23/15 - Langston Hughes - I Too Sing AmericaLangston 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.

 Thursday 02/26/15 - William's Leap For FreedomThis original play is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William Wells Brown and Mr. Polite, this audio dramatization then introduces part two of the play which features selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," as it relates to the tale of three slaves, Cato, Glen and Melinda.

 Friday 02/27/15 - The Black ExperienceDr. Della Taylor Hardman made it her mission to talk to influential and promising African Americans inside and outside of West Virginia. Her interviews became the local Charleston radio show "The Black Experience." A professor, artist, poet, columnist, and photographer, the title radio host was just one of many hats she wore. Narrated by Peabody award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. 

MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin.Tonight at 7pm, we'll explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.

State of the Re:Union visits 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?

Re:Defining Black History

Feb 2, 2015

 During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales.