Moments In History
Feb 3, 2013

Making your contribution to the world, and your own legacy, the best way you know how

Here we are, welcoming another Black History Month, and (hopefully) learning or re-learning the legacies left behind by our ancestral exemplars. If we're lucky, we're moving beyond the standard lesson plan of Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King into more unchartered territory. There are so many people who have achieved remarkable accomplishments that go unsung or completely unknown. It is their stories that fuel me as a filmmaker, as a teaching artist and as an on-air personality with an audience of listeners who are compelled to dig deeper when I suggest that something is worth knowing. I do not take that privilege for granted.

Since moving up to the morning show a few weeks ago, I've been working hard with some administrative guidance to find the right blend of news, politics, and arts & culture features to bring to the WURD airwaves. And believe me, I am acutely aware that we are flying into the great beyond without the benefit of a map. In today's media climate, there is no formula. The demands of finding and sustaining audiences change daily. And when you add to that the pressure of making sure that the information you bring to the air is culturally-relevant, it adds an extra level of flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants to the equation. How do you determine what is relevant information to both the 20 and the 80 year old? How do you present this information in a way that both audiences can appreciate and understand? History is that link. Resurrecting those things we've lost to time and presenting them in a way where each generation feels like they are connected to that legacy, and showing where we're headed...through the voices of those who are leading us along that path. And then, of course, you have to make people care about this information as well.

So I ask that you listen to this month of broadcasts, and every day on WURD, with that idea in mind. We are working hard to bridge the gaps between age, income, education, political party and other demographic categories through the connective tissue of history. And packaging it in the beauty of blackness, in all of its glorious shades.

Here is last week's playlist: