Of his next broadcast, host Dick Flacks writes, “American slavery is a matter currently getting much media attention. This month we mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN with a stunning performance by Daniel Day Lewis and screenplay by Tony Kushner, dramatizes Lincoln’s effort to compel adoption of the 13th Amendment constitutionally outlawing slavery in the US. Simultaneously, Tarantino offers us his own revenge fantasy about slavery in Django Unchained. And just as Hollywood puts the repressed memories of slavery up front, PBS broadcasts its series ‘The Abolitionists’. So this week on ‘Culture of Protest’ we’ll begin our own musically oriented attention to the fact that the USA is a society constructed on a foundation made of the bones of millions of African slaves. This week: songs of the slaves as a key American cultural/artistic expression. Since January 23 marks the death of Paul Robeson, who pioneered the performance of slave songs on American stages, we’ll feature his work as well as some other material, including field recordings that capture some of the manner in which the slaves themselves made their songs, a rare performance, ca 1940, by the Golden Gate quartet marking the 75th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, and Max Roach/Abby Lincoln Freedom Now suite, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.”
“Culture of Protest” airs on Thursdays during KCSB’s fall quarter from 6-7pm.