WNYC celebrates Black History month with programming throughout the month of February. This year we have two programs that mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation from a live series taking place in WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Co-moderated by award-winning writer Carl Hancock Rux and Robin Morris, From Emancipation to the Great Migration takes a look at the historic proclamation within the turbulent contexts of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era and the Great Migration. The State of the Black Economy takes a deep dive into the history of generational poverty and wealth and the current state of the economy for African Americans. Joined by Dr. Cornel West, and CNN financial contributor Ryan Mack, award winning author and radio host, Farai Chideya leads the conversation. And WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes. As he did with his poetry, Langston Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow.
The New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work concerning African-American history. Listen to previously unreleased interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a rare 1965 interview with Malcolm X, plus much more. Explore the Archives here.
Broadcast information and details below.
The Brian Lehrer Show
Airs Monday, February 4th on 93.9 FM and AM 820
Author Jeanne Theoharis joins Brian to discuss her new book “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks”. Learn more here.
The Tavis Smiley Show : Memories of the Movement
Part I airs Saturday February 2nd at 11PM on AM 820; Part II airs Saturday February 9th at 11PM on AM 820
The years of the Civil Rights Movement are counted among the most volatile, yet vibrant, in American history. In our Black History month special, Memories of the Movement, The Tavis Smiley Show celebrates the courage, conviction and commitment of the everyday people who made extraordinary contributions to American social progress. Memories of the Movement features poignant, humorous, unheard or little known stories from a number of well-known civil rights icons.
On Being: Civility, History, and Hope with Vincent Harding
Airs Sundays at 7am on 93.9 FM, Sundays at 4pm on AM 820, and Sundays at 9pm on 93.9 FM
The civil rights leader wrote speeches for Martin Luther King Jr. and was one of his closest friends. Vincent Harding is teaching new generations about the lessons of that time — and how those lessons can repair divisions in America today. He finds hope in young people today and says they are his answer to the question that drives him: "Is America possible?" Learn more here.
Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special
Airs Saturday February 9th at 6AM on 93.9 FM; Sunday February 10th at 8PM on AM 820 and Sunday February 17th at 7PM on 93.9 FM
As African Americans continue to be acknowledged by their communities, our country and internationally, this hour-long Black History Month radio program features milestone conversations with Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylog and Alicia Keys. Learn more here.
State of the Re:Union- Who Is This Man?
Saturday February 9th at 2pm on AM820 and Sunday February 10th at 7am on AM820
Dr. Martin Luther King 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. In this program hour, we 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.
Emancipation 150: The State of the Black Economy
Airs Saturday, February 16th at 6AM and Sunday, February 17th at 8PM on 93.9 FM; Airs Sunday, February 24th at 8pm on AM 820
Dr. Cornel West, joins CNN financial contributor Ryan Mack to discuss the history of generational poverty and wealth and the current state of the economy for African Americans. In 2013, we inaugurated the first black president for his second term into the highest office in the United States. Yet the 2010 Census Bureau showed that the median black household made 59.8 percent as much as the median white household; 40 percent of black students fail to graduate high school on time; and 27.4 percent of blacks live in poverty compared to the overall poverty rate of 15 percent. Award-winning author and radio host, Farai Chideya leads this interactive dialogue.
Emancipation 150: From Emancipation to the Great Migration
Airs Saturday, February 16th at 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday, February 17th at 9PM on 93.9 FM
Through conversation and performance, take a look at the historic proclamation within the unsettled, turbulent contexts of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era and the Great Migration. Co-moderated by award-winning writer Carl Hancock Rux and Robin Morris, Director of National Programs at the National Constitution Center. Panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration); Dr. Khalil Muhammad (Director of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture); Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. Eric Foner (The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery) and Dr. Jim Downs (Sick from Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction).
An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era
Airs Sunday February 17th at 7AM on AM 820
The 1970s saw a tidal change in American race relations: for the first time, large numbers of white, black and other children of color began attending school together. It was an experience that shaped them for life. Using first-person accounts of the era of "forced busing," An Imperfect Revolution explores the ways school desegregation changed the nation. Learn more here.
Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity
Airs Sunday February 17th at 8PM on AM 820
This American RadioWorks program traces the last half-century of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum and illuminates the ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present. Learn more here.
I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes
Airs Sunday, February 17th at 10PM on 93.9 FM
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. Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow.
Oscar Brands Folksong Festival
Airs Saturday, February 23rd at 10PM on AM 820
A one hour special of music reflecting the Black experience in American Song.
State Of Siege: Mississippi Whites and the Civil Rights Movement
Airs Sunday February 24th at 7AM on AM 820
No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality and none more violent than Mississippi. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, State of Siege brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today. Learn more here.