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Kwanzaa Special
Program 911
Original Airdate: 12/29/1978

Subject Keywords
Afro-American dance
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Dance - Africa

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Battle, DiAma

Corporate Names
Art of Black Dance and Music, The

Program Description
Program explores the harvest festival Kwanzaa, an African and Mid-Eastern holiday now celebrated by African Americans as a way of identifying with their African heritage. To accomplish this, the dance and drumming company The Art of Black Dance and Music, under the guidance of Artistic Director DiAma Battle, performs harvest dances from Guinea, Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal, and explain the seven principles of Kwanzaa (one for each day of celebration). Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with DiAma about the difference between African and African American celebrations of Kwanzaa, the meaning of the seven principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith), how these principles are celebrated, and how more African Americans are celebrating both Kwanzaa and Christmas. The majority of the program consists of performances.

Barbara Barrow-Murray

Associate Producer
Beth Deare

Eric Himes

Barbara Barrow-Murray

DiAma Battle

Ed Battle (dancer)
Nitanju Bolade (dancer)
Marianne Harkless (dancer)
Jofar Manselle (dancer)
M. W. Oliver (dancer)
Bamidele Ousamarla (dancer)
Laverne Robinson (dancer)
Dolores Robinson (dancer)
Syd Smart (dancer)
Sheila Wilson (dancer)
Adjua Young (dancer)

Bruce Bordett (stage manager)
Nancy Carey (intern)
Basil Chigas (technical production)
Brian Clarke (assistant director)
Dennis Correia (videotape editor)
Bill Fairweather (video)
Michelle Gisser (technical production)
Rebecca Hill (fashion consultant)
Dick Holden (camera)
Tiit Koppel (switcher)
Webster Lewis (theme music)
Gene Mackles (graphic designer)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
Milan Merhar (videotape editor)
Chas Norton (lighting director)
George Rivera (post-production supervisor)
George Rivera (production assistant)
Iris Rosenthal (camera)
David St. Onge (videotape recordist)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-06083
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01528
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01528A
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette 1350-60
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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