WJFF Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King


WJFF is proud to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with a variety of special programming beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday evening.

In the Civil Rights era, Dr. King encouraged all people to rise up and confront social injustice head-on through nonviolent means. His soaring words and great spirit continue to inspire our nation to this day.

See the schedule below for details. Tune in to WJFF at 90.5fm or online at https://www.wjffradio.org/

SUNDAY, January 14:

2p – Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to MLK
A musical salute to jazz fan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Oliver Nelson, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, and a Nina Simone performance recorded just three days after King’s assassination. Produced for Night Lights on WFIU.
Airs in place of Sinner’s Crossroads

3p – The 2nd Battle of Selma
This 1965 documentary includes rare audio of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the march on Selma. Go behind the scenes for a jaw-dropping experience that puts you there as history is made. From the Pacifica Radio Archives series From The Vault.

9p – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Path To Nonviolence
Dr. Dorothy Cotton, former Educational director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the late Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. King, reflect on how MLK developed into a great moral and political philosopher on this episode of Peace Talks Radio.

10p – Upfront Soul – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Edition
Host Sanguine Fromage honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two hours of funk, soul, jazz, and gospel, along with excerpts of King’s speeches and field recordings from the African-American civil rights movement. Upfront soul can be heard every Tuesday night at midnight on WJFF.
Airs in place of Concierto

MONDAY, January 15:

9a – Three Landmark MLK Speeches
King scholars discuss and play excerpts from three of Dr. King’s speeches: “Selma to Alabama,” “Beyond Vietnam,” and “The Mountaintop Speech.” From Peace Talks Radio.
Airs in place of BBC Newshour

10a – Afternoon Classics With Gandalf
A rebroadcast of WJFF host Gandalf’s annual celebration of MLK Day with two hours of music by African-American composers reflecting the message of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Airs in place of Performance Today

2:30p – Martin Luther King Jr. Massey Lecture #1
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the featured lecturer at Canada’s prestigious annual Massey lectures in November 1967. His theme was “Conscience for Change.” This is the first of five lectures. Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Airs in place of With Good Reason

3p – King’s Last March
This documentary focuses on King’s last year of activism with archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews. From American Public Media.
Airs in place of City Arts & Lectures

6p – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. London 1964
When Dr. King was invited to London to talk about South Africa, he addressed a packed City Temple Hall in London. This is his full speech, recorded December 7, 1964. From the Pacifica Radio Archives series From The Vault.

7:30p – Local Connections to King & the Civil Rights Movement
Midge Maroni talks with Dick Riseling and Beverly Sterner. All three are members of WJFF’s radio family who worked on initiatives connected with Dr. King including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Poor Peoples Campaign. Hear it on Making Waves following The Kingfisher Project.

8:30p – Martin Luther King Jr. Massey Lecture #2
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the featured lecturer at Canada’s prestigious annual Massey lectures in November 1967. His theme was “Conscience for Change.” This is the second of five lectures. Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Airs in place of With Good Reason

Photo Credit as follows:

Martin Luther King at a press conference, March 26, 1964.
Photo: Marion S. Trikosko
Courtesy Library of Congress
https://www.loc.gov/item/2003688129/

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