KETR celebrates Black History Month with two evenings of special programs, coming up this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29.
Friday's programs will focus on social and political history, while Saturday's shows will explore the impact of African-American traditions on popular music.
Friday at 6:00 p.m. - Witness: Black History Month
Hear a special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible inteviews looking at the African-American experience. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are inspiring, harrowing, and rich. Topics include the murder of Emmett Till, the Black Power Salute, and photographs of the King family.
Friday at 7:00 p.m. - The Strategic King: MLK's Visionary Leadership
WNYC and the Apollo Theater present WNYC's 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, focusing on Dr. King and his colleages' skillful use of the media and politically strategic tactics to influence politicians and help pass key legislation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Friday at 8:00 p.m. - The Hurricane Tapes
In the early hours of June 17, 1966, two black men walked into the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, and shot four white people, killing three of them. Did one of the world's most famous boxers really commit these brutal murders, or was he framed by a corrupt and racist police force? And if he didn't do it, then who did?
Saturday at 8:00 p.m. - The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul
This is a series of four hour-long radio programs hosted by Grammy award winning gospel singer Cece Winans. It's the product of 16 months of interviews with over 50 musicians and gospel historians, the recording of live gospel concerts, and more, from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Sam Cooke to today's artists.