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WTJU celebrates Civil Rights Week

Civil Rights Week
A week of special programs on WTJU 91.1 FM
August 26 - September 1

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

 Join WTJU for a special week of programs commemorating the 1963 March on Washington. Throughout the week, you'll hear short clips of famous speeches and interviews with Virginians who were part of the civil rights struggle.

On Soundboard, weekdays 9-10am, tune in for full length interviews and longer speech excerpts. Don't miss the show on Wednesday, August 28th, the anniversary of the March on Washington, when we air Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety.

A partial list of our music specials during the week is below:

Monday, August 26

 Show: The Jazz Messenger (jazz)
Time: 10am-12pm

“The Message is in the Music.” In this civil rights edition of The Jazz Messenger, we’ll feature civil rights era songs, such as: We Shall Overcome, Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke), Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday), Alabama (Coltrane), Fables of Faubus (Mingus), Money Jungle (Ellington), Black and Tan Fantasy (Ellington), Nuclear War (Sun Ra), Foregone Conclusion (Joe Henderson), Inner City Blues (Makes me wanna Holler) (Sarah Vaughan), and many more.

 Show: Anything Goes (jazz)
Time: 8-11pm

“The Freedom Train.” The numerous anthems of the Civil Rights Movement span decades back to Louis Armstrong's "Black and Blue". The struggle for freedom and injustices of the 50's and 60's also provided inspiration for works by Coltrane, Mingus, Blakey, Duke, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone and many others. 


 Tuesday, August 27

 Show: Eclectic Woman (specialty)
Time: 12-2pm

“Women in Search of Civil Rights.” Women of color in America have felt double oppression—both race and gender discrimination. The Eclectic Woman Civil Rights Edition will present a range of responses expressed powerfully in song, from the anger of Nina Simone to the faith and courage of Mahalia Jackson. We’ll hear Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Odetta and many other women who changed America with their songs.

 Show: A Time for Singing (classical)
Time: 6-8pm

A Time for Singing will present a program of African-American artists who were active during or before the Civil Rights era, including Marian Anderson, Liantine Price, and more.


Wednesday, August 28

 Show: Radio Tropicale (world)
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

“W.E.B. DuBois and Pan-Africanism.” You may know that DuBois died in Ghana the day before the March on Washington; there was a moment of silence in his honor at the event. Radio Tropicale explores Ghanaian music with Pan-African themes, and will feature a guest from the local Ghanaian community.

 Show: Living Time (jazz)
Time: 8-11pm

We play selections from trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers. The album is a spiritually charged collection of 19 compositions inspired by the struggle for African-American freedom. Triumphant and mournful, visceral and philosophical, searching, scathing and relentlessly humane, Smith’s music embraces the civil rights era’s milestones while celebrating its heroes and martyrs.


Thursday, August 29

Show: Folk & Beyond (folk)
Time: 5-6 pm

“From Jim Crow to Civil Rights.” Folk & Beyond will first delve back to the country blues recordings that highlighted the plight of rural blacks in the 20's & 30's in the Jim Crow era (and continued right through the 1960s), and then share some of the words and music that came out of the Civil Rights era. We'll share the voices of Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, Medgar Evers, Reverends Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, and the Black Panthers and more.

 Show: Wild Women and Friends (jazz/blues)
Time: 8-9pm

In the first half of our show, we will feature songs about racial prejudice, hypocrisy, and social injustice, including some of the familiar songs associated with the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's. The second half will feature the current Civil Rights Battle for Marriage Equality. 


Friday, August 30

 Show: World Turning (world)
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

In 1900, the number of countries with a liberal democracy with universal suffrage was none. By the year 2000 (according to the U.S.-based NGO Freedom House), at least 120 of the world's 192 nations could boast of that achievement. International music is unique in its capacity to convey the universal odyssey of the human spirit.

 Show: Melodiya (classical)
Time: 6-8pm

Melodiya explores racism, bigotry, and miscegenation through classic musicals Porgy and Bess, West Side Story, and Showboat. We’ll also play Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, and Civil War era tunes to remind listeners that racism and civil rights have been a deep concern in America since even before its founding.

 Show: Professor Bebop (blues)
Time: 11:00pm-1:00am

“Don't Let Me Lose This Dream - African-American Visions and Commentary on Pursuit of the Dream.” Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, articulated his vision for racial equality in the United States. Join Prof. Bebop for a musical commentary on the hopes and frustrations of the African-American community about the progress we have made toward realizing that Dream over the past five decades. Featuring music from Nina Simone, Swamp Dogg, Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers, The Last Poets, and Solomon Burke, among others.


Saturday, August 31

Show: Reggae Vibrations (world)
Time: 12-2pm

Songs of struggle, resistance, and liberation are a staple of the Reggae Vibrations lineup each week. During Civil Rights Week, we'll serve up two hours of these classics from
'yard and abroad.

Sunday, September 1

Show: Jazzmania (jazz)
Time: 10am-12pm

“Freedom.” Jazz is nothing if not about freedom, freedom to create and express in the moment, to improvise in musical language with other musicians. We’ll play Abby Lincoln, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and others.

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