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Program 419
Original Airdate: 3/27/1975

Subject Keywords
Afro-Americans - Civil rights
Afro-Americans in radio broadcasting
Afro-americans in television broadcasting
Human services - Boston - Massachusetts

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Atkins, Thomas
Hooks, Benjamin
Smith, Reverend Charles
Sport, Vernon

Corporate Names
Aswalos House - Boston - Massachusetts
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Project Safe - Boston - Massachusetts

Program Description
Program examines the role of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the lives of African Americans. Host Leah Fletcher interviews Vernon Sport (President of the New England Regional Conference of the NAACP), Tom Atkins (President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP), and Reverend Charles Smith (National Board Member for the NAACP) and asks how the NAACP works towards equality in America, how the NAACP has proven itself, what the role is of the court system in the NAACP's work, how the NAACP decides which issues it will pursue, how citizen or test cases are selected, in what areas the NAACP has been most effective, and why desegregation in Boston is an important issue. Additional segments include "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1972 Say Brother interview with Federal Communications Commission Commissioner (FCC) Benjamin Hooks conducted by Lee Daniels), "Access" (on the services provided by the Aswalos House), "Information" (on Project Safe), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero.

Marita Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Conrad White

Dighton Spooner

Leah Fletcher

Tom Atkins
Rev. Charles Smith
Vernon Sport

Dance Theatre of Boston, The (dancers)

Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
Tom Balhatchet (engineer)
Bruce Bordett (studio technician)
Ron Buccheri (studio technician)
Bill Charette (studio technician)
Basil Chigas (studio technician)
Lloyd Cogell (still photography)
Dennis Correia (engineer)
David Crane (videotape engineer)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Bill Fairweather (engineer)
Stephen Farrier (community coordinator)
Michael Floyd (studio technician)
Keith Handyside (engineer)
Arthur Henry (videotape engineer)
Dick Holden (studio technician)
David Hutton (videotape engineer)
Henry Johnson (filmmaker)
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 (studio technician)
John MacKnight (videotape engineer)
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)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-00880
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01542A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01542
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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