WMNF is in the unique position of being able to drop some history into our airwaves. Thanks to our programmers, volunteers, and specifically Ira Hankin, our PSA & Promo Producer, we have some tasty sound for you about Black History Month, some notable individuals and memories, and a few pieces from Tampa Poet Laureate, James Tokely Sr.
Doc from the Friday night Soul Party gives a brief history of Black History Month
Lavette tells us about Dr. James McCune Smith
and Sam briefs us on his hero, Eugene Bullard, who seemed to have an amazing life
Wally B of Sunday’s Poetry Is tells us about local pioneer Blanche Armwood
Music is so vital to who we are as a station, and who we are as a society.
Here, Harrison Nash, of Monday night’s 360 Degrees of the Blues, tells us of some musicians who came from Tampa (besides the great Ray Charles), the Adderley Brothers.
And Ronny Elliott, co-conspirator on the Rhythm Revival, tells you about two of his icons:
and Ellas Otha Bates (aka Bo Diddley)
Not everything about Black History Month is looking to the past. Here, James Tokely Sr. gives us three meditations on life and poetry. This is The Word or the Drum
War of the Gods
and about poetry…
Thanks for scooping through these, and we hope that you will seek out more history – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum in St. Pete has a ton of programs year round. You can also find out more information from the Florida African American Preservation Network. 360