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Oh My God, Mama King Is Dead
Program 330
Original Airdate: 7/18/1974

Subject Keywords
Afro-American leadership
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans - Attitudes
King, Alberta Williams - Assassination

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Batson, Ruth
Dillard, Gwen
King, Alberta Williams
King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.
Lewis, Elma
Miller, Bernice

Program Description
A Say Brother Special Presentation, Program 330 focuses on the death of Mrs. Alberta King, Sr. and what her death means to her family, the African American community, and the country. Host Gwen Dillard (Director of News and Public Affairs for television station WLVI) and guests Bernice Miller (Associate Director, Harvard Center on Urban Studies), Ruth Batson (Director of Consultation and Education, Boston University Community Mental Health Center), and Elma Lewis (Director, Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and the National Center for Afro-American Artists) discuss the reasons there could be for the murder, whether the murder was an act of conspiracy, the violence directed towards people making moral changes in the United States, how African Americans killing African Americans is a display of self-hatred, why the country has no courage to do something about guns, if young people still have practical uses for role models "of the past," the arts as a way to survive social and economic pressures, developing core values in children, how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message has impacted the white community, and winning the war over African American rights. Program contains footage courtesy of NBC News.

Topper Carew

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Conrad White

Dighton Spooner

Gwen Dillard

Ruth Batson
Elma Lewis
Bernice Miller

June Cross (assistant to the producer)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-01481
Original footage 2" videotape A2-04193
Original footage 2" videotape (item number not yet assigned)
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01547A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01547
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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