WESM celebrates life, legacy of MLK

Jan 15, 2015

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Monday, January 19, 2015 is the official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was one of the most influential figures for civil rights in the United States and WESM 91.3 FM will be taking a look at his life and legacy with special audio programs beginning at 9 am (see our program schedule for specific times).

King's Last March traces the final year of King’s life. It was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of the civil rights leader’s career, yet it has not been the focus of significant public attention. For many, the image of King is of a social and political leader at the height of his powers – especially the period up through 1965.But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

MLK: Three Landmark Speeches: Three key speeches of the American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Laureate excerpted and commented on by two leading King scholars.

Re:Defining Black History zeroes in on some alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. From a more complicated understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Act of ’64 on Jackson, Mississippi… to a city in Oklahoma still trying to figure out how to tell the history of one particular race riot… to one woman’s wrangling with her own personal racial history.

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

All Mixed Up with Martin Luther King Jr. is a celebration of Dr. King Jr and the historic March on Washington that took place in August 1963, with new mixes featuring Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Ingrid Michaelson, Eleanor Roosevelt and a children's choir from Newtown on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

In Songs and Stories for MLK Day we'll hear  songs and stories that connect with the spirit of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. We'll hear from Sam Cooke, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Copeland, as well as his daughter Shemekia Copeland, and from B. B. King, and others.

The King of Love is an audio collage of Martin Luther King Jr. and the events that shaped his life and death.

A Shortcut To The Mountaintop is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, featuring many of his most famous speeches mixed with music from Stevie Wonder, The Freedom Singers, Jimmy Cliff, James Taylor, Nina Simone, Bill Lee/Branford Marsalis, Moodswings,U2 and more.