KRCU Announces Programming in Celebration of Black History Month

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2011 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air a new series of documentaries from American RadioWorks in celebration of Black History Month.

The documentaries will air Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning on Feb. 6 on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington, Mo.

Sunday, Feb. 6 – “Say It Loud”

“Say It Loud” traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum.

The documentary series illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans. 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.

Sunday, Feb. 13 – “State of Siege”

Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. While the history of civil rights activists has been well documented in radio and television, the stories and strategies of their white opponents are more hidden. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, “State of Siege” brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today.

Sunday, Feb. 20 – “Back of the Bus”

“Back of the Bus” reports on 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 people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.

AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the highly esteemed national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW creates documentaries, series projects, podcasts and online content for the public radio system and the Internet. The unit is based at St. Paul, Minn., with a staff journalist in Washington, D.C.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 20,000 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.krcu.org/.