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Attica
Program 416
Original Airdate: 2/20/1975

Subject Keywords
Afro-American prisoners
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Correctional institutions - New York
Food stamps
Mime
Prison riots

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Champin, Roger
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Kunstler, William

Corporate Names
Attica Correctional Facility - Attica - New York
College Resource Center - Boston - Massachusetts
Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Walpole - Walpole - Massachusetts
McKay Commission

Program Description
Program focuses on the events that led up to, and the aftermath of, the Attica State Prison rebellion in New York, 1971. The rebellion resulted in the deaths of 43 prisoners and guards. Segments include an excerpt from television footage related to the rebellion (including the comments of Governor Nelson Rockerfeller and Attorney William Kunstler, footage of participating prisoners, and the McKay Commission speech of Captain Frank Wald), interviews with attorney William Kunstler and Roger Champin (an Attica inmate active in the rebellion), and a reading by Tom Sanders of a statement issued by a prisoner at Walpole State Prison regarding the outmoded, anti-rehabilitative, discriminatory attitudes of the prison administration. Program includes a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Information" on the availability of food stamps, an "Access" segment on the Talent Search College Resource Center, and the "Community Calendar."

Producer
Marita Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Director
Conrad White

Editor
Henry Johnson

Writer
Dighton Spooner

Performers
National Center of Afro-American Artists, the (dancers)
Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid) (mime)

Others
Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
Tom Balhatchet (engineer)
Lloyd Cogell (still photography)
Dennis Correia (engineer)
David Crane (videotape engineer)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Bill Fairweather (engineer)
Stephen Farrier (community coordinator)
Keith Handyside (engineer)
Arthur Henry (videotape engineer)
Dick Holden (studio technician)
David Hutton (videotape engineer)
Vickie Jones (production assistant)
Pat Kane (videotape engineer)
Tiit Koppel (studio technician)
Frank Lane (studio technician)
Larry Lecain (studio technician)
Greg MacDonald (studio technician)
John MacKnight (videotape engineer)
John MacKnight (studio technician)
John Plausse (studio technician)
Fred Simons (videotape engineer)
Kathy Smith (studio technician)
Lee Smith (studio technician)
Jennifer Spangler (engineer)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
David St. Onge (videotape engineer)
John L. Sullivan (studio technician)
Skip Wareham (studio technician)
Bob Wilson (studio technician)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape (item number not yet assigned)



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