Martin Luther King Jr.

Jesse Kitt

On this edition of All Things New Orleans we'll chat with award winning jazz & gospel vocalist Lizz Wright. She'll discuss her upcoming concert for the National Day of Racial Healing which is part of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation tour. 

Then, Jessica Rosgaard returns with Richard Campanella, CityScapes columnist for nola.com/The Times Picayune. And we'll share information regarding special programming at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we’re recalling the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. We’ll hear memories of the Civil Rights leader from Harry Belafonte, former Raelette and preacher Mable John, and the great singer, Mavis Staples.

Nick Spitzer: Most people know Harry Belafonte from his calypso hit, the “Banana Boat Song.” But Belafonte’s efforts to improve conditions for people of color show more of the man. Harry was a friend of Martin Luther King, and produced “Long Road to Freedom,” an anthology of Black music.

Officials are marking Martin Luther King Day in New Orleans. Events are scheduled throughout the day.

Five New Orleans leaders are the recipients of this year’s Martin Luther King Jazz Awards handed out at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The founder of the Project Prodigy music program, Joe Saulsbury, is honored separately for his work. The honorees at the 4th annual event represent a wide variety of professions.