Black History Month Specials

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.

Press Image / Crescent City Blues

Airs Friday, February 16, 2018, at 9 p.m. Crescent City Blues takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill.

Club McKenzie / Club McKenzie

Airs Thursday, February 15 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.

Press Image / Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America

Airs Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7 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.

Airs Wednesday, February 14, 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.

Press Image / A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood

Airs Monday, February 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, 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, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.