WVXU 2019 MLK Day

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers have been performing their 5-part gospel harmonies around the Greater Cincinnati region for more than 25 years. In advance of their performance on Monday at the AARP Cincinnati MLK Memorial Brunch at Memorial Hall, the singers visited our studio for some music and a conversation with Elaine Diehl.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

A reading from the late Dr. Maya Angelou of her poem "It's Sacred: Church." Our last interview with Dr. Angelou was about her book His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute from 2014.

A Story And Conversation With Omope Carter Daboiku

Jan 18, 2019

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

Omope Carter Daboiku is a local artist and storyteller, currently serving as the Artist-in-Residence at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio. She joins our Barbara Gray to talk about the importance of storytelling and to share one of her stories with us.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

Roberta Schultz reviews the book Lynching and Mob Violence in Ohio, 1772-1938 (Published by McFarland), written by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

The life of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe is on display on Gilbert Avenue each weekend at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Joining our Barbara Gray to talk about the mission of the house and this woman's extraordinary life are Harriet Beecher Stowe House Director Christina Hartleib and Board Member Katherine Gibbons.

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On December 3rd, Doug Yeager who was in town to share his film, Free to Rock: How Rock and Roll Brought Down the Wall, came into WVXU's studio to talk about his friend, Odetta.  He was her manager from 1976 until her passing in 2008.  During our conversation, Doug shared many stories about Odetta including her friendships with Dr. Maya Angelou and Harry Belafonte.  He also discussed her influence on many, many musicians over the decades of her career...Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Madeleine Peyroux; Peter, Paul & Mary; Richie Havens, and Janis Joplin.

On November 27th, 2018, we were delighted when Dion Brown, the President & Chief Operating Officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, dropped by the studio to talk about his blues experiences at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, and setting up the National Blues Museum in St. Louis before coming to Cincinnati to run the Freedom Center.