WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates an expanded Black History Month throughout February 2023 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film. This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of African Americans in America and to celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture.
Throughout the month radio programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted African-American authors, poetry, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Cornel West, authors James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, spoken word artists Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956. Public events will include the newly released films Homecoming, a documentary chronicling Beyoncé’s monumental performance at the 2018 Coachella music festival and Judas And The Black Messiah, about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. Additional Special Features will include Make It Funky concert, Gang Poetry, and a culminating finale presentation of the world-acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. at the Quick Center at Fairfield University.
More than 50 programs are spread throughout the month.