Howard and Jack Marchbanks have just introduced this hour-long
radio documentary entitled, "Message In The Music:
Black Pride and Protest in American Song."
program is a review of the past 100 years of popular music
in America and how African Americans have used the powerful
medium of commercial recording to protest Jim Crow and
institutional racism and to declare their aspirations.
On the special, you will hear the voices of W.E.B. DuBois,
Claude McKay, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Rev. Jesse
Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Chuck D. The music starts with
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and goes all the way
to Kanye West's "Diamonds from Sierra Leone."
special was broadcast on Saturday, January 13, 2007 on
WCBE 90.5-FM, Central Ohio's most listened-to NPR Station.
Listen to Part 1 of this documentary here, or the full
broadcast online at www.wcbe.org.