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Black Fraternal Organizations
Program 612
Original Airdate: 4/18/1976

Subject Keywords
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans - Societies, etc.
Greek letter societies

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Frederick, Arthur
Hall, Prince
Redd, Edward R.
Spence, Mary Stuart

Corporate Names
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge - Boston - Massachusetts

Program Description
Program examines the history of Black fraternal organizations and their impact on African AMerican life in America -- in particular Black Masonic lodges and Greek letter organizations. Host Carmen Fields introduces the history of Black fraternal organizations in the United States, and conducts two distinct interviews: one with Arthur Frederick, a 32nd degree mason and author of Negro Masonry in the United States; the other with Mary Stuart Spence, Media Co-chairman for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Boston Alumnus Chapter, and Edward R. Redd, President of Omega Chi Phi, Iota Eta Pi Chapter, Boston. Conversational emphasis is on the social needs fraternal that organizations fulfill, as well as their service to the community. Program includes a clip of the film Countdown at Kusini, a film Delta Sigma Theta Sorority helped finance. Original air date estimated. (Though viewing copy states the original air date was 4/30/1976, this date conflicts with that of another program). Program had no credits.

Marita Muhammad Rivero

Associate Producer
Conrad White

Carmen Fields

Arthur Frederick
Edward R. Redd
Mary Stuart Spence

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03308
Preservation master beta SP cassette AB-01246A
Preservation master digital beta cassette AB-01246
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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