Black, Blues, Black! (Episodes 4&5)

October 1, 2020
6:00pm Central Time
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During the summer of 1968, KQED in San Francisco co-produced, along with the Ford Foundation's National Educational Television (the predecessor to today's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)), a ten episode series entitled "Blacks, Blues, Black!" hosted by Maya Angelou.

The series was thought to be lost. In 2013, Maya Angelou stated publicly that she wished that the series had been archived, initiating a nationwide search for it. The complete series was soon located in the Library of Congress. After a year-long digitalizing project, on May 14, 2014, the series was finally ready for public viewing again.

Maya Angelou was immediately notified and plans begun to air the series nationally. Then, on May 28, 2014, Maya Angelou died. The plans were abandoned.

This screening will be the first national pubic screening of "Blacks, Blues, Black!" since 1968.

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127min 11sec

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  • Kwami Abdul-Bey

    Co-Convenor of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

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