Original Airdate: 1/30/1975
Afro-Americans - Attitudes
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Oral interpretation of poetry
Poetry and children
Public Affairs: Current Events
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Boston Jazz Society - Boston - Massachusetts
Program is divided into two halves: the first featuring a 30-minute in-studio poetry reading by Elma Lewis, the second of magazine-style segments. Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, seated with children around her, talks about what poetry is, what a poem can make you feel, and why people used to write in rhymes. Lewis focuses on two African American poets, Langston Hughes (who is "of this time") and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and reads selections from each. The second half contains the following segments: a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) titled "The Writer," "Access" (with A.D. Saunders, who describes the Boston Jazz Society), "The Word" (with professor and historian A.B. Spellman, who comments on Black History Week), the "Community Calendar," "Information" (on Minority Recruitment Month for the Peace Corps), and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Original air date estimated.
Fred Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid) (mime)
Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
Lloyd Cogell (still photography)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Stephen Farrier (community coordinator)
Henry Johnson (filmmaker)
Vickie Jones (production assistant)
Huntley Nicholas Jr. (film sound)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
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