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January 24, 2003
WLIU 88.3 FM Announces Black History Month Specials

Patricia Conway
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Remembrances, recollections, sounds, styles and lots of music mark the special programming WLIU will air this February in celebration of Black History Month.

Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days is an archival quality broadcast series created in the 1940s and 50s, portraying blacks positively and realistically. The first segment "Housing" will air Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. "Father to Son" is a drama about a leader of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church; it airs Thursday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m., and on February 20 at 5:30 p.m. "Diary of a Nurse" will air.

The Song Is You with Bonnie Grice will feature Janine Carter, local playwright and Erica Gould, director of What Light From Darkness Grows on Friday, February 7 at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 8 at noon. The nationally-distributed radio play - an historical drama and love story about two slaves thrown together by force to procreate -- will air in its entirety on Sunday, February 9 at 1 p.m.

Meet All Your Fine Friends: The Dew Drop Inn in New Orleans is a program featuring music from the golden age of New Orleans' rhythm and blues from this southern hot spot where local musicians and entertainers shared the stage with nationally-known musicians on tour. The program will air Monday, February 10 at 10 p.m.

We Were Here is a program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two hours of music and words of musicians, poets and activists, including Dr. King's speeches and essays. We Were Here can be heard on Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m.

Uncommon Courage: The Viola Liuzzo Story profiles a remarkable woman who participated in the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, and is noted as the only white woman martyred in the cause of voting rights. This program will air Monday, February 17 at 2 p.m.

A Love Supreme, the story of one of jazz's most influential musicians, John Coltrane, will be told in two segments: February 20th at 10 p.m. and February 21st at 10 p.m. Host Mos' Def gives us the inside account on how this enduring masterpiece came into being and how it resonates today, with help from Carlos Santana, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Branford Marsalis, and many others.

American as Apple Pie: How Segregation and Terror Lost is an absorbing documentary that features recordings and recollections by race activists during the years 1940 to 1954. The program airs on WLIU 88.3 FM on February 21st at 2 p.m.

As the anchor station for The Long Island University Public Radio Network, WLIU broadcasts news, jazz and public radio entertainment at 88.3 FM Southampton and 88.1 Brookville. It is a full-service public radio station serving Long Island and Connecticut, a member of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI), and is supported primarily by contributions from subscribers and by underwriting grants from businesses and individuals. For more information, please visit