Black Culture Connection
James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924. His insights on topics ranging from race, love, to politics in the U.S. are as relevant today as they were when he first spoke and wrote them. This being his birth month, we choose to honor Baldwin's legacy and impact on literary and cultural spheres by featuring some of his archival interviews.
Take This Hammer
From The WNET Group Archives:
Author and activist James Baldwin meets with members of San Francisco's African American community in 1963. Escorted by Youth For Service's executive director, Orville Luster, Baldwin is intent on discovering "the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present." KQED produced this segment for NET, the predecessor of WNET.
James Baldwin from "The Negro and the American Promise"
From American Experience:
James Baldwin appears in Boston public television producer Henry Morgenthau III's "The Negro and the American Promise," alongside Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The New York Times described the James Baldwin segment as "a television experience that seared the conscience."
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American Black Journal is an historic television program that has been presenting issues and events from African-American perspectives since 1968. Segments feature topics about the arts and culture and also cover community issues such as politics, race, and religion.
Each week, Black Issues Forum presents a diverse panel of guests who discuss such topics as politics, social concerns, health, education, justice, entertainment, technology and public policy.
PUTTING THE SOUL IN PUBLIC MEDIA SINCE 1968: Basic Black was created in during the turmoil of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of communities of color.