MSPR to air Black History Month specials

Jan 29, 2020

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Morehead State Public Radio will offer a variety of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February.

Among the specials are:

Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.   

Never Stop Trying
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present a "Music & the Spoken Word" special: Never Stop Trying. Music includes: "Oh, Peter, Go Ring Them Bells", "This Little Light of Mine", "Deep River", and more.

Giving Birth While Black
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Black women are three and a half times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. To combat the disparity, Dr. Rochanda Mitchell advocates hiring more African American nurse educators and providing anti-bias training for medical professionals. Plus: The Founder and Editor of the social justice motherhood magazine "Hold The Line," was well aware of the frightening statistics when she gave birth to her sons. 

Light and Love of Freedom
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present a Music and the Spoken Word Heritage Special, “Light and Love of Freedom.” We honor those who have labored in the hope that all might enjoy freedom. Through the songs and spirituals of a people who yearned for liberty, and the stories of those who work to promote love and respect for all, we celebrate this quest for universal dignity and mutual understanding.

Reconstructing Danville
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

In 1883 a young African American worker was alleged to have brushed shoulders with a white woman as they passed each other on a narrow sidewalk in Danville, Virginia. A race riot erupted and the white supremacist backlash that followed led to the disenfranchisement of Black Virginians for nearly 100 years. And: Danville industrialist and former Confederate soldier, William T. Sutherlin, led a skewed Congressional investigation into the 1883 riot. 

The Conflicting Ideals in Jefferson's Architecture
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

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. And: The white-columned plantation house is one of the most enduring and divisive icons of American architecture.