Music history workshop online

The Music that Inspired the Movement event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. central time. This workshop will discuss the relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. It is hosted by the First Lady and is taking place in conjunction with In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement which airs Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.

Find out about the Music that Inspired the Movement

The 2010 White House Music Series begins on Wednesday, February 10th, when the President and First Lady will host In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement – a concert celebrating Black History month. Participants include Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Queen Latifah and Joanne Woodward will be guest speakers for this concert which will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.

As part of this special event, Mrs. Obama will host “Music that Inspired the Movement,” a workshop that several of the event’s performers will lead for 120 high school students from across the country on Wednesday, February 10th from 2 to 3 p.m. (time has been updated because of weather conditions). The students will come to learn about the continuing relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. Robert Santelli, the executive director of The GRAMMY Museum, and Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer, will facilitate the workshop.  John Legend, John Mellencamp, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon will perform.  Dr. Reagon was one of the original Freedom Singers in the 1960s, who traveled around the country carrying stories in song of local Civil Rights Movement campaigns to national audiences.

Students all over the country are invited to watch the workshop live and submit questions for the performers and facilitators leading up to the event. Several questions received through the online form will be answered at the workshop and following the event. Questions may be submitted prior to the workshop at

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February 2010: History Detectives

Slave songbookHistory Detectives, Episode #611
8-9pm, Monday, February 23

Slave Songbook – The president of the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City, California, recently discovered an unusual book in his late mother’s extraordinary collection of African-American artifacts. The small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation songs. Could this be the first book of African-American spirituals ever published? HISTORY DETECTIVES host Wes Cowan visits a music historian in Los Angeles to explore the coded messages and the melodies that laid the foundation of modern blues, gospel and protest songs of future generations. He also meets with Washington, DC’s Howard University Choir for a special concert of selections from Slave Songs sung in the traditional style of mid-1800s spirituals.

Josh White Guitar – A Michigan man owns a Guild brand acoustic guitar that he says once belonged to legendary African-American folksinger Josh White, who is credited with introducing black folk, gospel and blues music to a world audience in the 1940s. The contributor met White after a concert when he was a kid, and the guitar reminds him of a confidence White had shared with him: the Guild Company was talking to White about making a signature guitar built to his specifications and marketed under his name. If this is the guitar White had spoken of, it would be the first signature guitar ever created for an African-American musician in the United States. HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray travels around New York City and New Jersey to explore the crossover appeal of Josh White’s music and his ability to win over a racially polarized music industry.

Birthplace of Hip Hop – A hip hop enthusiast from New York City has always heard that 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop. The story goes that on August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc, a building resident, was entertaining at his sister’s back- to-school party and tried something new on the turntable: he extended an instrumental beat (breaking or scratching) to let people dance longer (breakdancing) and began MC’ing (rapping) during the extended breakdancing. This, the contributor believes, marked the birth of hip-hop. The music led to an entire cultural movement that’s altered generational thinking – from politics and race to art and language. HISTORY DETECTIVES host Tukufu Zuberi sets out to examine an inner-city environment that helped lay the foundation for a cultural revolution.

Repeats: 4-5am, Sunday, March 1

Two candidates for governor debate the issues

The debate is scheduled to stream live online at

Leading Democratic candidates in the primary race for Texas governor convene for their first live debate on Monday, February 8, at 7 p.m. The Texas Debates: Race for Governor includes former Houston Mayor Bill White and Texas businessman Farouk Shami.

The Texas Debates will originate from the CBS-11/TXA-21 studios in Fort Worth. The debate will be moderated by CBS 11 News Anchor Karen Borta who will also take questions via social media. KUVN Univision 23 Reporter María Renée Barillas will host questions from voters in the live audience.  Questions will also be posed by panelists Shelley Kofler, KERA-FM and KERA-TV and Dave Montgomery of the Star-Telegram.

Highlights 2/7 to 2/13

We may think we know what is beautiful and what isn’t, but in the natural world beauty can be many things—including what we might find completely repulsive. Nature shows us how the ugly can be beautiful at 7 p.m. Sunday.

How will Jane Austen, the master of happy endings, tie up the tangled affairs of her heroines Emma Woodhouse, Harriet Smith and Jane Fairfax? Find out on Masterpiece Classic “Emma” at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Texas Debate: Race for Governor at 7 p.m. Monday features the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates. Antiques Roadshow will air at 8 p.m. following the debate.

The Bombing of Germany: American Experience is a film that examines the defining moments of the offensive that led the U.S. across a moral divide. Weaving together interviews with WWII pilots and historians, and archival footage of the bombing and its aftermath, the film at 9 p.m. Monday is a reminder of the dilemma imposed by war’s civilian casualties.


Feria Para Aprender 2010

KLRU will be participating in Austin Partners in Education’s Feria Para Aprender 2010 (The Learning Fair) on Saturday, February 6th from 10am-2pm at the Travis County Expo Center (7311 Decker Lane, 78724). Feria Para Aprender was first created in Austin, Texas in 2007 with over 3,500 Spanish-speaking parents and students attending. In 2010, it is expanding to a regional event and 10,000 people will be anticipated.

Parents and students are able to receive a variety of information at all levels of the educational process at this event – from early childhood through college and into their career fields. Students also receive free books in Spanish, free immunizations and vision screenings, and free healthy snacks during their time at the event. KLRU will be handing out children’s books & materials, information on parenting, and a booth activity for the children. Stop by to say hello to PBS pals Clifford and Maya & Miguel.