Martin Luther King Jr.

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

The Dreamers

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight explores music by American, French and Canadian composers that represents the ideals of liberty, equality and self awakening.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Labor Day Best-Of: Gail Collins; Maya Angelou; Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe

Monday, September 02, 2013

Today’s best-of show on this Labor Day begins with New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses her take on finding humor in Republicanism, her time on the editorial board, and her approach to opinion writing. Then, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe looks back on his career at the New York Knicks and at some more recent starting line-ups; we hear about the rich history of the intersection of sports and politics; and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her family. Plus: two takes on gender in the workplace: first on overcoming differences, then on women farmers.

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

The Dreamers

Saturday, August 31, 2013

This week, host Terrance McKnight explores music by American, French and Canadian composers that represents the ideals of liberty, equality and self awakening.

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The Washington Report

President Obama, Syria and the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's speech

Monday, August 26, 2013

Kerry Nolan  speaks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about the ongoing crisis in Syria; and he takes a look at the challenge facing a president who has to note a significant anniversary without overshadowing it.

State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union- Who Is This Man?

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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.



WNYC Black History Month 2013

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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.

See more Black History programming here


The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

In Sure and Certain Hope

Sunday, January 20, 2013

We celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., church leaders and others with this edition of the Choral Mix. Tune in for a selection of spirituals and related tone poems.

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Join our MLK Project: 'I Still Have A Dream ... '

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What is your dream for a better America? WNYC is honoring Dr. King's dream for a better America by asking you to imagine what dreams King might still have today. And what dream you still have, 50 years after the original "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Motown Records: Lost History

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In the early 1970s, Motown Records released politically charged albums on a subsidiary called Black Forum – most of which faded into obscurity. Now, the producer and historian Pat Thomas has collected the sounds and the stories of artists like Langston Hughes, Elaine Brown, Amiri Baraka and more, for the book “Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.” He joins us to explore a time when politics and pop culture intersected in a most revolutionary way.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964

Monday, January 16, 2012

On December 17, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King was honored by the people of New York for his unparalleled contributions to the civil rights movement in a City Hall ceremony presentation of the Medallion of Honor.

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Teachers Trade Tips on Teaching MLK

Friday, January 13, 2012

Six teachers from a range of schools share tips for inspiring a new generation of students and the challenges they face. The teachers are: Romero Ross (first grade teacher at Achievement First charter school in East New York, Brooklyn) Keith Christiansen (literacy teacher at M.S. 88 in Brooklyn) Luciano D’Orazio (social studies coordinator at P.S. 150 South Bronx) Katy Ulrich (first grade teacher Achievement First charter in Bushwick, Brooklyn) and Karen Zaidberg (sixth grade at Manhattan Country Day School) Duane Williamson (ninth grade English at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn).

Listen to their conversation about their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History month-related lessons here:



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The Brian Lehrer Show

King on Broadway

Friday, November 04, 2011

Playwright Katori Hall discusses her play about Martin Luther King, Jr., The Mountaintop, now on Broadway. Director of The Mountaintop and Stick Fly, Kenny Leon, joins the conversation.

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King's New York Connection: MLK Jr.'s Friendship With Stanley Levison

Monday, January 17, 2011


One of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most important political advisors, Stanley Levison, has remained largely hidden from public view — even 40 years after King’s death.

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The Takeaway

More from Val Archer, the Tuskegee Airman

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tech Sergeant Val Archer of the Tuskegee Airmen gives us his take on the future.

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