KRCU Announces Programming in Celebration of Black History Month

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2012 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air a series of documentaries in celebration of Black History Month. The documentaries will air Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Feb. 5 on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington, Mo.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the station will present “Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special.” Dr. Maya Angelou defines Black history, as it is embraced in popular culture with an emphasis on the civil rights era and a poetic acknowledgement of late activist, Rosa Parks. Listeners will take an historical trek from the 1950s thru the 1990s. Angelou renders a poetic portrait of the day-to-day lives of African Americans during the civil rights era, when artists and activists, musicians and ministers joined hands with people from all walks of life to bring about a historic change in the culture.

Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock ‘n’ roll. Listeners will hear the music and stories of a black gospel singer on “Heavenly Sight: Of Vision Lost and Found” on Feb. 12. Musical guests include: Arizona Dranes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Blind Willie Johnson, Ray Charles and the Rev. Gary Davis whose “holy blues” influenced Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan.

The last two specials are both titled “Memories of the Movement” and will air on Feb. 19 and 26. The years of the Civil Rights Movement are counted among the most volatile, yet vibrant, in American history. “The Tavis Smiley Show” celebrates the courage, conviction and commitment of the everyday people who made extraordinary contributions to American social progress.

The program features stories from Danny Glover, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Dorothy Tillman, Jefferson Thomas of the Little Rock Nine and comedian Dick Gregory. Also featured will be legendary actress Ruby Dee, Clarence Jones, Xernona Clayton, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Rev. Amos Brown, journalist Earl Caldwell, Marian Wright Edelman, Taylor Rogers and the Rev. C.T. Vivian. _____________________________________________________________________________ KRCU Public Radio is a National Public Radio member station and is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and broadcasts on 90.9 FM, KRCU in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM, KSEF in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington. More information can found at http://Owww.krcu.org