January Programs To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The third Monday of every January, America commemorates the birthday of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. NWPB is pleased to present three special radio programs which recognizes his life and achievements.


On Being with Krista Tippett: Ruby Sales

Where does it hurt? That’s a question the civil rights icon Ruby Sales learned to ask during the days of that movement. At a convening of 20 theologians seeking to reimagine the public good of theology for this century, Ruby Sales unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, and names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of this time. Sunday January 20, 10 AM, NPR News service


Martin Luther King Day is January 21, 2019

Image by: Courtesy Mississippi Valley Collection

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. This program interweaves musical examples with Dr. King’s own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work–and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King’s cause. Monday January 21, 3 PM and 8 PM, NPR and Classical music service




King’s Last March

Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King’s life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King’s life. Monday January 21, 8 PM, NPR News service