With millions having descended on the streets to participate in recent Black Lives Matter protests, this year’s Black History Month is of particular importance.
It is the perfect time to learn more about Black historical figures, pivotal events in the fight for civil rights, and the ways America’s past still informs its present. Here is a selection of four podcasts to deepen your knowledge throughout the month of February.
It can be difficult to bring a personal perspective to national history. “Historically Black” chooses to do so through objects. This podcast series, created by APM Reports and the Washington Post, connects a listener-submitted artifact to a moment in Black history. An episode is dedicated to the tune “Iberia Breakdown,” which Bill Driver composed during the 1920s. This fiddler was a sensation in predominantly white central Missouri, and family members recall how his music often brought blacks and whites together. Other installments of “Historically Black” bring an equally personal and intimate perspective to history.
“Black History Buff”
Although Black History Month is commemorated mainly in the United States, inspiring stories of Black historical figures come from all over the world. And that is exactly what “Black History Buff” is about. This podcast series talks about “all things Black and Historical,” whether it is the story of self-taught mathematician Benjamin Banneker or myths and legends from the African diaspora. A recent episode revisits how Little Rock Central High School became the fundamental test for the United States to enforce African American civil rights following Brown v. Board of Education in the 1960s.
In this podcast series, host Natasha McEachron hopes to “motivate and inspire through stories of pride, excellence, and power from across the Black diaspora.” Every week, she shares in-depth stories about prominent Black figures like poet Phillis Wheatley, surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai, along with book reviews and insight from guest speakers.
“Black History Year”
Nonprofit Black media company PushBlack dedicated this podcast series to thinkers and activists who have been left out of mainstream conversations about history. The first episode of “Black History Year” centers around Sarah Rector, a young Black girl who became a millionaire at the age of 11 when oil was struck on her family’s land in Oklahoma. Although PushBlack warns listeners that they may not agree with everything they hear, this show creates a space for the interesting yet difficult discussions that need to be had.
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