Ten Great Black Historical Figures
Original Airdate: 10/5/1972
Afro-Americans - Political activity
Public Affairs: Current Events
Black Political Convention - Dorchester - Massachusetts (1971)
Community leadership - Boston - Massachusetts
Model Cities - Boston - Massachusetts
Program weaves historical briefs about men selected as the "greatest Black men in history" with a contemporary discussion of Boston's current political situation. Host John Slade interviews Francisco Pina, Beatrice Todd, and Charles Terrella, representatives of Boston's Model Cities who recently complained about the inadequate services provided by city agencies in minority communities (public works, health, police, and fire), followed by excerpts from interviews with African American politicians John Cashin (Alabama's National Democratic Party) and Hubie Jones (who talks about the low 15% primary voter turnout September 19, 1972 in the African American wards, particularly in his 9th Congressional District, where three African American candidates were running and the vote was split), an excerpt from City Councilor Thomas Atkins' speech from the Black Political Convention in Dorchester, 1971, and "man on the street" interviews with Boston residents on the low voter turnout. Historical figures featured throughout the program include Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X.
Barbara Barrow (production assistant)
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