MSPR to air Black History Month specials

Jan 29, 2019

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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:

Separate: Black Health in America
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for African Americans. In this episode, we explore the legacy of that separation. We meet some of the people who helped integrate hospitals as the Civil Rights fight was heating up, and hear from a millennial mom, who says yes, even in 2018, looking for a black doctor to care for her black little girls is “a thing.” Throughout the episode, we also visit separate, largely black spaces that nourish African American health and well-being. From: WHYY and PRX.

With Good Reason: Invisible Founders
Update: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Scholars, historic interpreters, and descendants of enslaved people recently gathered at Montpelier, the home of James Madison. They were there to create a rubric for historic sites who want to engage descendant communities in their work. Anthropologist Michael Blakey discusses why historical sites must consider the needs and wishes of descendants.

And: Historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries says we need to do more to teach our kids about African American history, even when it covers tough subjects. From Creative PR and PRX.

Humankind: The Freed People
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

This one-hour Humankind documentary examines how America responded to a massive refugee crisis, when four million newly emancipated slaves needed shelter, employment, education and the basic rights at the close of the Civil War. Hear historians, brief readings from letters of people who were there, performances of "Negro Spirituals" and more. From Humankind and PRX.

With Good Reason: Pilgrimage to Montgomery
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

In 1898, a black man named John Henry James was lynched in Charlottesville, VA. A hundred Charlottesville residents recently traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to memorialize his death and commit to fighting white supremacy. We hear from the organizer of the Civil Rights pilgrimage, and from Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Later in the show: After the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville is 2017, teachers there are reflecting on how they will teach about race and racism going forward. Anne Ernst and Rachel Caldwell discuss racial healing in the classroom. From Creative PR and PRX.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.