The comedian Chris Rock once quipped that Black History Month occurs in February because it's the "shortest, coldest month."
In fact, the historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week of February, 1926 for "Negro History Week" because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). And while February in New York is indeed short and usually cold, it's filled with a number of celebratory activities.
WQXR will present a number of special programs and features throughout Black History Month. Test your knowledge of black classical music history in the quiz below.
WQXR's Special Black History Month Programming Includes:
Feb. 2 at 7 am & 11 pm: The Choral Mix Spotlights Black Trailblazers
Feb. 5 at 10 pm & Feb. 9 at 11 pm: The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price
Feb. 12 at 10 pm & Feb. 16 at 11 pm: I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes
Feb. 19 at 10 pm & Feb. 23 at 11 pm: A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott