From the Vault continues to celebrate Black History Month with prominent voices from the African American community that graced the airwaves of Pacifica. First we hear from sultry songstress Sarah Vaughan in a 1967 interview recorded in San Francisco, followed by Blues great Esther Phillips interviewed by professor and author Angela Davis. In both cases, the interviews were done in a way that was not typical for that era â€“ they were long format, giving each artist the opportunity to have her say, particularly in Esther Phillips/Angela Davis interview, where we hear an artist emerge above the constraints of racism and sexism.
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.
First broadcast on February 11, 2011.