Remembering the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, Black History Month (or African-American History Month) is celebrated each February. Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969. A year later, Kent State students held the first Black History Month celebration. The celebration not only brings attention to the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity, but also is a time to celebrate the many achievements of African-Americans in all fields. Here are a few Black History Month podcasts that spotlight these contributions.
Hosted by Natasha McEachron, this podcast celebrates Black history all year. McEachron uses stories of pride, excellence and power from across the Black diaspora to motivate and inspire. Each episode features quotes, book reviews, movie reviews, career interviews, recommendations for places to visit and historical facts. Recent episodes include "Coretta Scott King," "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race" and "Marcus Garvey & The UNIA."
Find it: http://noirehistoir.com/
Hosts Hana Baba and Leila Day dig into stories that are not always shared out in the open. Day and Baba provide professionally-reported stories about blackness, race and identity in America. Each episode features conversations about what it means to be Black and how to talk about blackness. Recent episodes include "Head on a Swivel," "Connecting Black" and "From the Queen: Black is King."
Find it: http://www.thestoop.org/
Everyday Black History: Afro Appreciation
This podcast highlights the contributions of Black men and women from the past and the present. Each episode honors Black Americans, Africans and Latinos of African descent. Their Afro Appreciation also includes institutions that have helped the advancement of people in the African diaspora. Recent episodes include "Anthony Crawford," "Dr. Dorothy Spikes" and "Robert Flemming Jr./Otis Blackwell."
Find it: https://podnews.net/podcast/1356694067
In Black America
A long-running, nationally syndicated podcast, this podcast is dedicated to all facets of the African-American experience. Host John Hanson profiles a selection of current and historically significant figures. Along with telling stories that helped illuminate life in Black America, Hanson also interviews civil rights leaders, educators, artists, athletes and writers. Recent episodes include "Bishop Wayne T. Jackson," "Tyrone McKinley Freeman" and "Tomeka Lynch Purcell."
Find it: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381443555/in-black-america