Black, Blue, Black! (Episodes 9&10)

October 20, 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 In 2013, Maya Angelou stated publicly that she wished that the series had been archived, initiating a nationwide search for it.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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The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series

The Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series is a joint project of Arkansas PBS (ArPBS), Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA), Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective (WFYMALC), Arkansas Minority Film & Arts Association (AMFAA), and Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM).

Blacks, Blues, Black! Episode 9: Violence | KQED Arts

Episode 9 of a 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968 called Blacks, Blues, Black!, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society. Includes scenes of Dr. Angelou in the studio reflecting on "violence in the black American world." She declares that: "I dedicate this program to the memory of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Denmark Vesey ... to Dr. DuBois ... to the men and women who are nameless ... whose blood, whose agony we inherit." Also features views of Dr. Angelou touring the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles with Mary Jane Hewitt, looking for evidence of "gains" and positive developments since the 1965 social uprising there, which she states: "represented a people, a race fighting for survival." Dr. Angelou screens still and moving images of violence committed by and against African Americans in the Twentieth Century throughout this episode and also part of a speech by Stokely Carmichael at a Black Panther rally in Oakland. This episode was written and produced by Dr. Maya Angelou and directed by Robert Hagopian. Hit that SUBSCRIBE button! Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter:

59min 43sec


  • Kwami Abdul-Bey

    Co-Convenor of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement

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