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|2004: February Black History Month Program Highlights|
Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days
Sunday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
"The Kansas City Phone Call: The Story of Nat 'King' Cole"
This hour-long drama tells the story of Nathaniel Adams Cole, a shy, skinny kid from Chicago who made his precocious entrance onto that city's jazz scene, went on to lead his world famous trio, and in time, became a pop icon, the celebrated Nat "King" Cole.
Although Cole was a great swing pianist, inspired by Earl Hines and a big influence on Oscar Peterson, he was best known as a superb pop ballad singer. His velvet voice and charismatic stage presence were enormously appealing. Younger brother Freddy Cole provides vocals, and the inimitable Oscar Brown Jr. voices the part of Nat "King" Cole.
Sunday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.
"Premonition of the Panther: The Story of Sugar Ray Robinson"
This half-hour drama powerfully portrays the career of boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson. Through Robinson's experience in and out of the ring, the program takes a critical look at 1940s-era boxing and the commercial forces that shaped it.
Robinson was one of the most successful fighters in the history of the sport, winning 175 bouts and losing only 19. He was a world welterweight champion and then held the middleweight title five times. The indomitable Robinson won his first Fighter of the Year award in 1942 and his second almost a full decade later in 1951.
Race With History: Between Civil War And Civil Rights
Race with History features five one-hour documentaries on race relations in America.
Blacks and whites in America have, at best, had a difficult time living and working together to build the nation. Race with History: Between Civil War and Civil Rights documents and debates America's racial dilemma, illuminating critical events and issues rooted in the past as well as contemporary reconciliation efforts.
Race with History uses powerful oral accounts and rare audio to chronicle the history of black-white relations in the century before the modern Civil Rights Movement. It features first-person narratives from diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and other sources.
The series also offers a wide range of expert opinion. Listeners hear from scholars like John Hope Franklin, chair of the President's Advisory Committee on Race, Pulitzer Prize-winner Leon Litwack, political scientist Kathleen Blee, author of Women of the Klan, and many others. The guest list also includes notables like Klan-buster/investigative historian Stetson Kennedy and Klan officer/historian Richard Bondira.
Wednesday, February 4, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 7, 1:00 p.m.
"How the South Won the War, 1865 - 1876"
Introduced by Studs Terkel, this documentary meticulously reconstructs the African American experience with terrorism and its legacy immediately after the Civil War. It examines the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups and how blacks coped with and defended against pervasive acts of terror.
Wednesday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 14, 1:00 p.m.
"Democracy's Denial: Revolutions in Wilmington, 1898 - "
In 1898, white supremacists seized power from the racially integrated city government of Wilmington, NC. They burned the town's black newspaper, exiled the mayor and other officials, killed a number of African Americans, and drove thousands out of town. The legacy lived on, and 73 years later, Wilmington faced several weeks of racial violence, culminating in the "Wilmington 10" court case.
"Democracy's Denial: Revolutions in Wilmington" chronicles these pivotal events and their aftermath, and examines contemporary Wilmington's concerted effort to address its history through public forums and partnerships.
Wednesday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 21, 1:00 p.m.
"White Protestant Nation, 1915 - 1925"
Studs Terkel returns to introduce this program, which explores the resurgence of the Klan in the 1920s. Even as black media exhorted African Americans to defend themselves with weapons and economic power, the Klan's strength flourished.
Wednesday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.
"Rosewood Reborn, 1923 - "
It is a distressingly common story - a white woman claims to have been assaulted by a black man, and an entire community pays a horrific price for the alleged crime. The town is Rosewood, FL, the year 1923. Four decades later, the wrong is righted by legislative act, bringing the drama to an extraordinary end.
Narrated by James Earl Jones, "Rosewood Reborn" relies on the voices of survivors and participants, recounting an American story of violence and heroism, of racial conflict and reconciliation. Winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award and the International Radio Gold Worldmedal and Grand Awards.
Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 6, 1:00 p.m.
"American as Apple Pie: How Segregation and Terror Lost, 1940 - 54"
This absorbing documentary demonstrates that equality under the law became viable for African Americans only after public opinion and federal policy had been turned against the white terror that enforced segregation and the denial of constitutional rights.
The program illuminates the mid-century battle for American hearts and minds, using recordings of and recollections by such notables as A. Philip Randolph and Stetson Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall and Paul Robeson. Despite ongoing white resistance, activists prepared the path to change, and in time, all of the laws supporting America's separate and unequal society were struck down.