Wyoming Public Media Black History Month Specials

February 2021

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University of Wyoming

  • February 23rd at 5:30 p.m. - Black History Month Virtual Events Planned at UW: A Tale of Two Towns: Black Homesteaders and the Myth of the American Dream. Zoom link.

Wyoming Sounds

  • Saturday, Feb. 13 4:00 p.m. Part 1
  • Sunday, Feb. 14 1:00-3:00 p.m. Parts 2 & 3

KANAVAL: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans - Exploring and investigating the historical and present day ties between the nation of Haiti and the city of New Orleans with a focus on the music that bonds together the places and people. Hosted by the Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla and produced by WXPN, KANAVAL: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans will feature a two-hour audio documentary and one hour musical companion.

Wyoming Public Radio

  • Friday, Feb. 19 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 12:00 p.m.

Throughline: Profiling Pioneering Black Women

Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm - When Billie Holiday was harassed by U.S. government agents and told to stop singing 'Strange Fruit,' she refused. When Shirley Chisholm ran for president and was ridiculed and told she shouldn't aim that high politically, she refused. On this episode of Throughline, two pioneering Black women, Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm, who set their own sights and never backed down from a fight.

Jazz Wyoming

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Wyoming Public Radio

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Songs for the Struggle-Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement - A two-part musical survey featuring the music jazz musicians have recorded that called attention to the fight for Civil Rights.

"Songs for the Struggle" is a deep dive into these works, ranging from Louis Armstrong singing "Black and Blue" to saxophonist Sonny Criss celebrating the men he called "the Black Apostles." David Murray and Cassandra Wilson tell the story of how Blacks were driven from their homes during Reconstruction. We not only hear the music, but the stories behind it, including the special rules that Cafe Society owner Barry Josephson established in his club, for when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" each evening. We explore how Duke Ellington sent-up stereotypes with his musical "Jump for Joy," and listen to how tenor saxophonist Harold Land and singer Nina Simone recorded works that reflected the changing nature of the movement in the late 1960s.