Karen’s Mashups-Show 19-Black history

February is Black History Month, a time to remember the many contributions that African Americans have made to our nation. In this show, we’ll hear from some inspiring people, talking about events that have shaped our history.

I think you’ll also enjoy the beautiful music in this episode. Please visit the artists’ web sites and learn more about them. As a special offer this month, the first listener who emails us will get a free copy of Lawrence Watson’s new CD, American Fruit with African Roots.

You can download additional curriculum resources for studying African American history at K12 Handhelds.


Included in this show are excerpts from the following:

Intro music – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Kenny Rampton and the choir

Interview with Fountain Hughes from “Voices from the Days of Slavery” from the Library of Congress, American Memory Collection

This recording with ex-slave Fountain Hughes was made by Hermond Norwood in Baltimore, Maryland on June 11, 1949. This is from the vast collection of African American narratives from the Library of Congress.

Recording of Langston Hughes from the Black Media Archive podcast

In this recording, Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes talks about writing his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and then reads the poem aloud.

Article on Rosa Parks from Spoken Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a collection of spoken articles, including this one. These poems can be downloaded and used in projects or other works of your own. (If you have difficulty with the .ogg files, they can be converted with Zamzar.com or Audacity.)

Recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speaking about Montgomery, AL from the Black Media Archive podcast

Barack Obama’s 2004 Speech at the Democratic National Convention

Closing music – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Lawrence Watson

Listen to Mr. Watson’s new CD “American Fruit with African Roots” and stay tuned for more information about a forthcoming curriculum guide.

Transition sound – Trumpet by kaponja


Here are some additional resources (not included in this show) that you might find useful:

Black History Month Collection from Profile America from the U.S. Census Bureau – daily one-minute vignettes from key events, observances, or commemorations for each day in history; For the month of February, profiles from black history are featured.

The Voice of King – a collection of speeches, sermons, and talks from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Say it Plain – A century of great African American speeches from American RadioWorks

Black History Month Programming – a variety of resources from the Public Radio Exchange


As with all Internet content, you should screen any materials before sharing them with students. Some of these broadcasts may include language or other content that may be objectionable to some audiences.

icon for podpress  Show 19-Black history: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Leave a Reply