Dr. Maya Angelou

Tonight on the Blues at 11pm, a special in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The show begins with an uplifting version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by the Monty Alexander Trio and then Sweet Honey in The Rock.  You'll hear the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, and the Reverend King.

Other gospel selections are performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shirley Caesar, the Birmingham Sunlights, and Mahalia Jackson. 

Noted actor/director/writer and Golden Globe-winner Regina Taylor recently visited with Anne Arenstein to talk about Maya Angelou's poems and her thoughts as an artist and how her works reflect the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream.

Barbara Gray speaks with Guy Johnson, the only son of the late poet Maya Angelou, who talks about his mother and the book Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou which includes some of his mother’s most powerful sayings that, until now, were just for her family.

Journey From Within

Jan 12, 2015

“Journey From Within” is a one-hour tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which will air on WVXU and WMUB on Saturday, January 17th, at 11pm.  The special begins with a song by Sweet Honey in the Rock and then continues with the words of Dr. Maya Angelou.  Listeners will also hear from Reverend Adam Clayton Powell and philosopher Cornel West.  There are important historical moments from Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 Civil Rights speech, and the voice of Dr. King.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s latest CD, Hallowed Ground, was recorded live in Music Hall and features the late Dr. Maya Angelou in one of her last public appearances. Cincinnati Public Radio’s master recording engineer, Chelsea VandeDrink, tells Frank Johnson about the experience of recording these dynamic performances.

Dr. Maya Angelou's new book about Nelson Mandela

Feb 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray about the late Nelson Mandela, her history with him, and her new book about this iconic world leader, His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute.