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Black Poetry
Program 417
Original Airdate: 1/30/1975

Subject Keywords
Afro-American children
Afro-American poets
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans - Attitudes
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Mime
Oral interpretation of poetry
Poetry
Poetry and children

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Lewis, Elma
Spellman, A.B.

Corporate Names
Boston Jazz Society - Boston - Massachusetts
Peace Corps

Program Description
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.

Producer
Marita Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Director
Conrad White

Writer
Dighton Spooner

Guests
Elma Lewis
A.B. Spellman

Performers
Fred Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid) (mime)

Others
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)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03295
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-00466
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00544
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)



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