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January 25, 2006
Posted online February 2, 2006

Southeast Public Radio Announces Black History Month Programming

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- Southeast Public Radio will commemorate Black History Month with a series of programs in February.

Each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in February a different program will air that showcases people who changed the nation and the world, from everyday homefolks to men and women who proved to be larger than life.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1: "Mandela: an Audio History." Almost concurrently with black Americans' struggle against racial injustice, Nelson Mandela and like-minded South Africans launched and nurtured the anti-Apartheid movement. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, another pivotal figure among those whose courage and commitment changed South Africa, hosts "Mandela: an Audio History," a sound-rich retelling of the 50-year struggle against Apartheid.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8: "Classically Black, 2006," host Roger Cooper presents a sampling of the wonderful music created by Florence Beatrice Smith Price and offers a glimpse into her creative world. This is the 15th program in "Classically Black," a series that focuses on outstanding artists of African descent to celebrate their lives and work by examining the events that led to their success in classical music.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.: "The Undiscovered Explorer: Imagining York." Celebrated actor Danny Glover illuminates one of American history's best-kept secrets in this program, a riveting hour-long profile of York, explorer William Clark's slave and the only African American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22: "Under a Southern Moon: Blues Queens and Tent Shows." Host David Holt and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band are joined by award-winning actor Vernel Bagneris and acclaimed jazz singer Topsy Chapman for this program, a music-filled profile of the black vaudeville tent shows of the early 1900s.

KRCU 90.9 FM is an affiliate of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information about KRCU 90.9 FM can found at

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