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Legends of Music


“LEGENDS OF MUSIC” This edition features the thoughts and music of some of the world’s most talented legendary entertainers, including Eubie Blake, Chuck Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Hampton and Charles Brown.

Benjamin Banneker: Truth to Power


Imagine being Black in the 1700s and becoming a self-taught surveyor who played a pivotal role in planning the layout of our nation’s capitol and inventing a clock in 1753. In 1791 alone, Benjamin Banneker completed t...

Dr. Martin Luther King


Tony Brown’s Journal program #2702 is my essay on Martin Luther King, Jr. (TBJ #2702 – “Tony Brown’s Essay on Martin Luther King”) It’s a story of reality, truth, vision, courage and transformation on the one hand an...

Historical Black Women in The Military


African-American women in military service also did not receive proper recognition for their service. Reflecting that apartheid custom, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the only African-American WA...

Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James


Moving in tandem with American history, the bold and brave first Black four-star general of the U. S. Air Force, Daniel “Chappie” James, in a rare historic television appearance on Tony Brown’s Journal, offered to hi...

Tuskegee Airmen: Pt. 4 – Red Tails and Black Aces


The mere decision to go to war for their country, a country that deprived them of basic human rights, proves even further the competence and unheralded character of some of the greatest men in American history. The pi...

The Tuskegee Airmen – Pt. 3: Jim Crow’s Graveyard


The Tuskegee Airmen -- Part 3 – Jim Crow’s Graveyard. Shooting down #German airplanes, rather than effectively carrying out the assigned duties of close ground support and bomber escort, emerged as the criterion for ...

Matthew Henson: The Final Step


Dr. Allen Counter, Harvard professor, and explorer has discovered the Eskimo descendants of North Pole discoverers Matthew Henson and Robert E. Peary. Dr. Counter talks about Black Igloo, his recent work tracing the A...

Lionel Hampton: A Grace Note


Musician extraordinaire Lionel Hampton died on August 31, 2002, at the age of 94. This program chronicles his legacy as a musician, statesman, humanitarian and close friend of the Bush family. Tony Brown also remember...

Character Is Power: An “Anabolic” Concept


Booker T. Washington, in many ways, embodies the spirit of all of Black higher education. He was an educator and statesman, and he is Hampton University's most famous graduate and founder of Tuskegee Institute in 188...