Oh My God, Mama King Is Dead
Original Airdate: 7/18/1974
Afro-Americans - Attitudes
King, Alberta Williams - Assassination
Public Affairs: Current Events
King, Alberta Williams
King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.
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.
June Cross (assistant to the producer)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
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