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Distortions of Black Life
Program 724
Original Airdate: 4/29/1977

Subject Keywords
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans in advertising
Afro-Americans in popular culture
Afro-Americans - Social conditions
Trade cards

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Verner, Brenda

Program Description
Program focuses on historical materials that illustrate the systematic degradation of African Americans in the United States. Host Barbara Barrow talks to Brenda Verner, a historian and media specialist who offers a socio-historical analysis of print materials (such as greeting cards and trade cards) dating from the post-Civil War period as a starting point for identifying the origins of racist attitudes and myths related to the African American community. Program features slides of relevant trade cards and early 20th century black and white photographs that dispute those cards' content.

Barbara Barrow

Associate Producer
Melvin Moore

Conrad White

Barbara Barrow

Brenda Verner

Bruce Bordett (stage manager)
Brian Clarke (assistant to the producer)
June Cross (production assistant)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Danny Horne (intern)
Lenita Johnson (intern)
Pat Kane (videotape recordist)
Frank Lane (camera)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Carolyn Marshall (production secretary)
Milan Merhar (videotape recordist)
Wil Morton (audio)
John Plausse (lighting director)
Kathy Smith (switcher)
Lee Smith (lighting assistant)
Jahid Songai (intern)
Aubrey Stewart (video)
John Sullivan (assistant stage manager)
Mario Valdes (researcher)
Bob Wilson (camera)
Eileen Yang (researcher)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03346
Original footage 1/2" reel-to-reel videotape 3289 / A3346
Preservation master digital beta cassette AB-01252A
Preservation master beta SP cassette (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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