Special Black History Month Programming

Monday February 10th @ 8pmBlack, Brown and Beige: Duke Ellington’s Historic Jazz Symphony

In 1943, Duke Ellington debuted a landmark 43-minute musical portrayal of the African-American experience at Carnegie Hall. We'll hear music from it as well as commentary from Wynton Marsalis, Ellington biographer Harvey Cohen, and Ellington himself.

Friday February 14th @ 8pm-  Black History Month Special: The Songs of Razaf and Waller


- Celebrate Black History Month with an exploration of the songs from one of the most influential songwriting duos of the 20th century: Andy Razaf and Fats Waller.

Tuesday February 18th @ 2pm- Making Beyonce 

- Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a media mogul. A philanthropist. A feminist hero. But before the Grammys, the platinum records and Destiny’s Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. In this hour-long special, we'll hear from many of the people instrumental in the very beginning of her career as we follow Beyoncé from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme.

Thursday February 20th @ 2pm- The Conflicting Ideas in Jefferson's Architecture

The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic was Thomas Jefferson. He also held captive more than 600 enslaved men, women, and children in his lifetime. Architects Mabel O. Wilson and Louis Nelson discuss Jefferson’s conflicting ideals.

Monday February 24th @ 2pm-  Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

"Say It Loud" traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, "Say It Loud" includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

Tuesday February 25th @ 3pm- Ida B. Wells Battle to Uncover the Truth

Born into slavery, Ida B. Wells became a ground-breaking investigative reporter exposing domestic terrorism by white supremacists including the practice of lynching. This new Humankind special tells the true story of a fearless journalist, whose life was threatened while she revealed the truth – and of the broader events she investigated. Her efforts are finally gaining recognition.  

Thursday February 27th @ 2pm- Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs

-"Can Do: Stories of Black Visionaries, Seekers, and Entrepreneurs," with host, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard. These stories come from The Kitchen Sisters collection -- stories of black pioneers, self-made men and self-taught women, neighborhood heroes and visionaries.