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Value of the Black Vote
Program 829
Original Airdate: 5/26/1978

Subject Keywords
Afro-American politicians
Afro-Americans - Politics and government
Political parties
Voting

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Denniston, Madison
Elam, Clarence
Jackson, Rev. Jesse
Jordan, Raymond
Redd, Edward R.
Robinson, John
Wiley, Fletcher

Corporate Names
Middlesex Republican Club - 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner (1978)

Program Description
Program focuses on the value of the Black voter and the role African Americans play in the national political system. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray and co-host Karen Holmes speak with attorney Fletcher "Flash" Wiley (a registered Independent with the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association), attorney Ed Redd (a member of the Black Republican Caucus), and Representative Raymond Jordan (Democrat with the Massachusetts Black Caucus) about the value of the African American voter in the political system, why there is so much voter apathy, what the parties have to do to ensure they get and keep the Black vote, why African Americans tend to vote locally for the "person" but nationally for a "party," how the abolishment of the electoral college would affect the Black vote, and what each of the parties would need to do to either get or keep votes. Program includes excerpts from Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech on April 18, 1978, at the Middlesex Republican Club's 111th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner, an interview with Jackson conducted by Karen Holmes at the dinner, and brief interviews with Madison Denniston, John "Moe" Robinson, and attorney Clarence Elam on what the Republican Party has to offer African Americans.

Producer
Barbara Barrow-Murray

Associate Producer
Melvin Moore

Director
David Atwood

Host
Barbara Barrow-Murray
Karen Holmes

Guests
Rep. Raymond Jordan
Ed Redd
Fletcher Wiley

Others
Bruce Bordett (stage manager)
Ron Buccheri (switcher)
Marvin Clark (intern)
Brian Clarke (assistant director)
Mary Cronin (audio)
Leo Demers (videotape recordist)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Karen Holmes (researcher)
Danny Horne (intern)
Bill Johnson (audio)
Ann LaBillois (intern)
Webster Lewis (theme music)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Milan Merher (videotape recordist)
Chas Norton (lighting assistant)
George Rivera (production assistant)
Iris Rosenthal (assistant cameraman)
Kathy Smith (switcher)
David St. Onge (videotape recordist)
Aubrey Stewart (video)
John L. Sullivan (lighting director)
Skip Wareham (camera)
Bob Wilson (camera)
Eileen Yang (researcher)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03380
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01650
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01650A
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)



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