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Black Athlete, The
Program 35
Original Airdate: 6/19/1969

Subject Keywords
Afro-American athletes
Afro-Americans in mass media
Professional sports
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Ali, Muhammad (Cassius Clay)
Ashe, Arthur
Brown, Jim
Hudson, Ken
James, Larry
Robinson, Frank
Russell, Bill
Sanders, Tom

Program Description
Program explores the cliche, "Sports have been good to the Black man" by asking, "Has the Black man been good to sports?" With interviews with major sports figures of track, boxing, tennis, baseball, basketball, and football, the program explores the limitations of athleticism in achieving recognition and equality for African Americans. Program interviews, conducted on site, include: Frank Robinson (baseball), Arthur Ashe (tennis), Tom Sanders (basketball), Muhammad Ali (boxing), Ken Hudson (referee), Jim Brown (football), Bill Russell (coach), and Tommie Smith (track). Jim Spruill's introduction reviews athleticism before slavery was abolished, compares the manager-fighter relationship to the master-slave relationship, and talks about the educated athlete.

Ray Richardson

Associate Producer
Hazel V. Bright
Andrew Ferguson
Tony Lark
Stan Lathan

Stan Lathan

Tony Lark

Jim Spruill

Black Star (still photography)
Eli Attar (still photography)
Ellen Cabot (production assistant)
Andrew Ferguson (audio)
Andrew Ferguson (interviewer)
Jewelle Gomez (production assistant)
Eric Isen (cameraman)
Tony Lark (cameraman)
David Loerzel (audio)
Gil Noble (interviewer)
Chas Norton (lighting)
Steve Rogers (video)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-02840
Original footage 1/2" reel-to-reel videotape (item number not yet assigned)
Original recording 1/4" audio reel (item number not yet assigned)
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-00615A
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00866
Viewing copy VHS cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette -3 (item number not yet assigned)

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