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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2003 - In recognition of Black History Month, KRCU 90.9 FM will broadcast several programs in February exploring the many facets of the African American experience, with words and music to help tell the story of African American pioneers and leaders.

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, Southeast Public Radio will air "Diary of a Nurse." This program will tell the story of Jane Edna Hunter, a nurse and founder of the National Phyllis Wheatly Association. In 1913, Hunter defied social and economic odds to build a housing sanctuary for women in Cleveland. Not only did it offer an impressive range of health, employment and other social services, it did so without regard to a client's race, creed or color.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, KRCU 90.9 FM will air a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from The Choral Arts Society of Washington. The program will feature the DC Boys Choir, The Heritage Signature Chorale and The Choral Arts Society of Washington. The program host is Martin Goldsmith, and Choral Arts Music Director Norman Scribner will provide commentary. This inspiring musical program is a powerful way to ensure that King's legacy lives on; it has the power to bring people together and the power to heal.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, Southeast Public Radio will air a special from National Public Radio titled "Radio Fights Jim Crow." During the World War II years, a series of groundbreaking radio programs tried to mend the deep ethnic and racial divisions that threatened America. At a time when blacks were usually portrayed on the radio as lazy buffoons, the federal government and civil rights activists used radio for a counter attack.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 26, KRCU 90.9 FM will broadcast "Classically Black," a one-hour profile of the life and work of composer Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier des Saint-Georges. Born on a Guadeloupe sugar plantation around 1740, Boulogne was the son of a black slave woman and her white owner. Rare in 18th-century society, their son was allowed his father's name and raised with singular advantages. The senior Boulogne had earned a minor title of French nobility, Chevalier or Knight of Saint Georges. Because the son was of African ancestry, he was not permitted the real privilege and status of his father's title. Nonetheless, from a young age, he was also referred to as Chevalier des Saint-Georges.

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