Black History Month

The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Sounds of Freedom

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with choral music that celebrates struggle and liberation from oppression.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Great Gospel Favorites

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Leonard Lopate hosts a one-hour gospel special in honor of Black History Month.


Golden Gate Gospel Train, The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (under the billboard)

Good News, Marion Williams and Ward Singers

A City Called Heaven (Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow), Mahalia Jackson

What Makes a Man Turn His Back on God?, Bessie Griffin w. Alex Bradford

The Old Ship of Zion, Norsalus McKissick & Martin Singers

Walk Around, R. H. Harris w. Soul Stirrers

Touch the Hem of His Garment, Sam Cooke w. Soul Stirrers

Jesus Be My Keeper, Cecil Shaw w. the Union Spiritual Singers

Lord Hold My Hand, Jess Whitaker w. Pilgrim Travelers

Thank You for One More Day, Ira Tucker & Dixie Hummingbirds

Burying Ground, Julius Cheeks and the Sensational Nightingales

Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time, Sister Rosetta Tharpe w. Dependable Boys

I’ve Got Religion, Mme. Edna Gallman Cooke w. Radio Four

The Moan that Keeps Homes Together, Marion Williams

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, J. Robert Bradley

Working on the Building, by Brother Joe May w. Sally Martin & Sally Martin Singers

Uncloudy Day, Mavis and the Staples Singers

God Be With You, J. Earle Hines w. St. Paul’s Baptist  Church Choir

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Exploring Music

Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part II

Monday, February 25, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin's celebration of African-American composers and performers continues with the second in a two-week series.

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Classics For Kids

Spotlight on Black Composers

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scott Joplin was a famous African-American composer. Learn about other black composers from America and abroad this week on Classics for Kids.

Exploring Music

Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I

Monday, February 18, 2013

A celebration of African-American composers and performers.


WQXR Features

I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour radio special that shines a light on Langston Hughes's lesser-known musical compositions.

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WQXR Features

The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price. 

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Black History Month

Spotlight: William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony

Friday, February 01, 2013

William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American” is the first symphony composed by an African American that was performed by a major orchestra.

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Black History Month

Timeline: A History of Black Classical Musicians

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A long history of black involvement with the concert hall precedes contemporary developments. View our timeline, which includes more than 200 years worth of events.

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Black History Archival Photos, and Charter School Teachers in the Spotlight

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black History Month is coming to a close and 217 charter school teachers get their turn under the microscope as their rankings are made public.

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Looking at Education as a Civil Right

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WNYC’s Martin Luther King Day celebration this year is focusing on a civil rights battle Dr. King embraced but left for Americans to finish: equal education for all. Share your thoughts on this important subject. Is education a civil right shared by all? And, teachers, what are your best tips for teaching about the civil rights movement?

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Still Swinging, Still Classic: A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott

Saturday, February 26, 2011

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, tune in for a musical portrait of Hazel Scott, a Juilliard-trained pianist who performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Black History Month: Local Hero

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Sarah Keys Evans, a Brooklyn resident and Civil Rights figure, is the subject of the book Take a Seat -- Make a Stand: A Hero in the Family. She joins Amy Nathan, the book's author, to talk about her arrest in 1952 that resulted in the end to race-based seating rules in interstate transportation.

Listeners: Call in or post your own family's Civil Rights hero story.

→ Read a Recap and Join the Conversation at It's A Free Country


Celebrating Black History Month in New York City

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

There's no shortage of edifying, educating and exciting events happening in New York City this February to mark Black History Month. Here are a few recommendations from WNYC's Culture team.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Malcolm X on WNYC

Friday, December 17, 2010

Malcolm X in front of the Teresa Hotel in Harlem when he was still a spokesperson for the Nation of Islam.

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Black History Month Programming

Friday, January 29, 2010

To celebrate Black History month, WNYC will air five special programs during the week of February 8-12 at 8PM on both 93.9FM and AM820. We will also offer three additional programs on consecutive Sundays (February 7, 14 and 21) at 9PM on AM820 and 10pm on 93.9FM.

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Today in History: A Raisin in the Sun

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Margo Alexander

March 11, 1959 - The drama “A Raisin in the Sun” opens at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater. In this audio clip, Patricia Marx interviews playwright Lorraine Hansberry on the semi-autobiographical tale.


'What it involves is an examination of ...