Maya Angelou hosts a one hour special with discussions on film, the meanings behind African American comedy, and stories from her childhood, civil rights and poetry. Special guests include Chris Rock, Lee Daniels, Cornel West, Common and others. Listeners are invited to share their stories or memories of Black History atwww.MayaAngelouOnPublicRadio.org.
6pm, Feb.13: Race and the Space Race
The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In this program, we hear how this happened and we hear the stories of the people who broke the color line at NASA. Their stories of frustration and their stories of perseverance. Produced by Richard Paul with Soundprint and narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space, Race and the Space Race tells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program.
6pm, Feb. 20: Ruby Elzy: Black Diva of the Thirties
Ruby Elzy was one of George Gershwin's hand picked leads for the original production of Porgy and Bess. Hailing from the small Mississippi town of Pontotoc, Ruby Elzy's voice carried her to Ohio State University, Julliard, Broadway, and concerts coast to coast. Tragically, her life would end before she took the next step to the Metropolitan Opera stage in Aida. The radio program will provide a look at her life and will feature some rare recordings of her haunting soprano voice.
6pm, Feb. 27: Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality
Back of the Bus is a documentary about the fight for equal rights on America's roads and transit lines. Many African American communities were weakened or nearly destroyed by highways built in the 1960s. Today, bus service to poor neighborhoods is cut in favor of more expensive rail. This program visits communities across America to find out why African American citizens still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.