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WYSU-FM to air special on Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm on Sunday

The episode is part of WYSU-FM’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month.
“Throughline” hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah will share the stories of Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm during an episode that will air on 88.5 WYSU-FM at 4 p.m. Sunday. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — As part of its ongoing celebration of Black History Month, 88.5 WYSU-FM will air the NPR "Throughline” special episode “Billie Holiday and Shirley Chisholm" at 4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 21).

The episode discusses the two pioneering Black women who set their own sights and never backed down from a fight.

Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday was harassed by U.S. government agents and told to stop singing “Strange Fruit,” a protest song about the lynching of Black Americans in the South. Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, ran for president and was ridiculed and told she shouldn’t aim that high politically. 

Listeners can tune in to 88.5 FM or use the WYSU app. The episode also can be streamed here.