Black History Month

WKAR is proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round!  

We're bringing you a new lineup of films and stories AND turning a lens on you to celebrate the moments, memories and people in Black history that inspire you.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, Michigan State University will host a  university wide andin person celebration of Juneteenth to commemorate the freeing of African American slaves in the U.S. The week-long celebration includes virtual film screenings, panel discussions and webinars that will lead up to the in-person event.

Because of You! | Feb. 26, 2021

Feb 26, 2021

Notes from Susi

Dear Friends, 

In our quest to offer programming that not only inspires and educates, but also delights our audiences, we are pleased to serve as the connection to the content you have grown to love.  


Fri. Feb. 26  - Sat. Feb. 27 on WKAR Radio & STREAMING | Join WKAR News for special coverage of stories and conversations from February 2021 highlighting the Black community in Michigan.

The train station in Jackson is being recognized by Amtrak for its role in the Underground Railroad, the system that helped escaped slaves reach freedom in the north.

Diverse Stories | Feb. 19, 2021

Feb 19, 2021
Black-and-white photograph of African American family (woman, man and two boys) in car in 1960s
Courtesy of H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images / PBS

Notes from Susi

Dear Friends,

Sharing diverse stories is the hallmark of public media and something that WKAR commits to all year. In October we were excited to debut the two-hour special, Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America.

Ready For Adventure
Courtesy / PBS KIDS

Thu. Feb. 25, 2021 at 7pm | Join WKAR for a pajama jam screening of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: I Am Rosa Parks; I Am Thurgood Marshall! RSVP HERE

Cover of "Black Bottom Saints"
Courtesy Alice Randall

Though Detroit’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood may be physically gone, author Alice Randall resurrects the energy and life of the Black center of the city in her 2020 novel, "Black Bottom Saints."

three speakers
Courtesy / MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Today (Feb. 11), the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine continues its 2021 Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, “Slavery To Freedom.”  Due to COVID-19, the lecture will be conducted virtually.  The next speaker is Patrisse Cullors, an activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, which has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Voice of Freedom | American Experience

Feb 10, 2021
Marian Anderson singing in front of Lincoln Memorial and surrounded by crowd
Courtesy of World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo / PBS

Mon. Feb. 15 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMINGVoice of Freedom interweaves Marian Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.

Black-and-white photograph of African American family (woman, man and two boys) in car in 1960s
Courtesy of H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images / PBS

Fri. Feb. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING at | Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence and how that history resonates today.