Black History Month 2011

The Brian Lehrer Show

A Letter from Mississippi 1964

Monday, June 23, 2014

On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.

In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:

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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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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Musical Afterlife

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Terrance McKnight remembers four accomplished African-American performers who passed away in 2010. The week’s feature will immortalize Dr. Billy Taylor, Shirley Verrett, Abbey Lincoln and the legendary Lena Horne.

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A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

From the church songs that resonated with him to the classical music with which he wooed his wife, Terrance illustrates how Dr. King harnessed the power of music to affect personal as well as universal change.

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Top Five Trailblazers

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In recognition of Black History Month, we’re looking at individuals who helped break down racial barriers on stages, orchestra pits and podiums. Here are the top five black artists who broke barriers.

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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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