Black History Month Specials

Black History Month Specials

from With Good Reason

New This Year:


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Visions of Style

In the late 70s, the University of Virginia inherited 10,000 glass plate negatives from the Holsinger Studio. Among them were 600 portraits self-commissioned by Black Virginians. Now, through the Visions of Style and Progress exhibition the images are transforming the way that viewers think about life for Black Virginians at the turn of the 20th century.

Plus: It’s difficult to imagine that the highway was someone’s home. But it was. A once thriving Richmond neighborhood known as the Harlem of the South fell victim to intentionally destructive city planners.

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Black and Fine

Some of America’s first maestros of European art music were enslaved and free Virginians of African descent. Violinist David McCormick shares the music of the Black violinists of Monticello from the Hemings and Scott families. 

Also: Justin Holland was a black man who was born free in 1819 in Norfolk County, Virginia. He became one of America’s first classical guitarists and was respected by European Classical Guitar Masters. 

Later in the show: Renowned musician JoVia Armstrong plays some of her latest works and discusses how her childhood led to her life as a musician and composer. This episode is hosted by musician and With Good Reason sound engineer Jamal Millner, who spent 20 years as a professional touring musician and composer and was a member of the Corey Harris 5×5.

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Dinner Theatre

In Richmond, Virginia, you can walk up to a fridge and get fresh produce for your Thanksgiving table no questions asked. And it all started because Taylor Scott of “Community Fridge” had a few extra tomatoes to spare.

Michael Carter Jr of Carter Family Farm is a fifth-generation black farmer. He says he’s growing farmers. Not crops. And he’s doing it through a practice that he calls Africulture.

The famed Virginia Housewife Cookbook did a lot for Mary Randolph’s reputation, but she wasn’t the one in the kitchen. Leni Sorenson, who the New York Times calls America’s most unsung food historian, is cooking her way through the Virginia Housewife cookbook, and celebrating the lives and culinary skills of the enslaved women and men who really threw down in the kitchen.

Lee Campbell was a celebrated New York sommelier when she got an assignment to visit a Shenandoah Valley winery. She had very low expectations. Now, she’s made a home there and says Virginia’s wine tells a story of America.

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HBCU Renaissance

HBCUs are experiencing a renaissance, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice.

Plus: HBCU bands like the Trojan Explosion play with power and energy. That unique HBCU sound and style is the pinnacle of Black musical excellence.

And: Jemayne King is both a proud sneakerhead and an English professor at Virginia State University. He’s teaching the first ever college English course on sneaker culture at HBCU’s.

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