Black Journal
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Producing Organization
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Contributing Organization
Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
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Episode Description
The following segments were tentatively planned to air on Black Journal episode 3. 1. A report on reaction of black press to the Nixon-Agnew ticket, including commentary on the Republican Convention by Claude Lewis of the Philadelphia's Bulletin. 2. A report on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which four years ago challenged the all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention, and which is currently holding its county conventions throughout the state. This is a study of the Loyal Democrats of Mississippi, a coalition formed by members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the NAACP, and white liberals led by Hodding Carter III. Included are scenes from the state's regular convention and the coalition convention. Charles Evers of NAACP is interviewed on the program. 3. Profile of Melvin Van Peebles, the first Negro to direct a feature film for general distribution. In it review of "The Story of a Three Day Pass," Cue Magazine credited Van Peebles with "tremendous insight into the gulf between what people feel and think and the reality they encounter" and applauded the film's "humanity" and "fresh, unconventional approach." Van Peebles, who is also a novelist and playwright, discusses his work with host Lou House. 4. A study of self-determination in Roosevelt City, Alabama. 5. The semantics of color, interpreted by night club pianist and singer George Taylor. The connotations of the words "black" and "white" are examined here. 6. A special report on the suffering province of Biafra, where multitudes have died of starvation since the onset of war with Nigeria. There is a film segment taken in Biafra. Also, there are interviews with Dr. Ogbu, Nigerian ambassador to the United Nations; Dr. Otue, Biafran charge d'affaires; and a Catholic priest, Rev. Fenton Kilbride, who recently returned from Biafra after 13 years of service in Eastern Nigeria. "Black Journal #3" is an NET production (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
Episode Description
This record is part of the Film and Television section of the Soul of Black Identity special collection.
Series Description
Black Journal began as a monthly series produced for, about, and - to a large extent - by black Americans, which used the magazine format to report on relevant issues to black Americans. Starting with the October 5, 1971 broadcast, the show switched to a half-hour weekly format that focused on one issue per week, with a brief segment on black news called "Grapevine." Beginning in 1973, the series changed back into a hour long show and experimented with various formats, including a call-in portion. From its initial broadcast on June 12, 1968 through November 7, 1972, Black Journal was produced under the National Educational Television name. Starting on November 14, 1972, the series was produced solely by WNET/13. Only the episodes produced under the NET name are included in the NET Collection. For the first part of Black Journal, episodes are numbered sequential spanning broadcast seasons. After the 1971-72 season, which ended with episode #68, the series started using season specific episode numbers, beginning with #301. The 1972-73 season spans #301 - 332, and then the 1973-74 season starts with #401. This new numbering pattern continues through the end of the series.
Segment Description
The section featuring Melvin van Peebles begins at 00:22:38. You can use the following link to share or go directly to the segment:
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Race and Ethnicity
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Editor: Potter, Lou
Executive Producer: Perlmutter, A. H.
Host: Greaves, William
Host: House, Lou
Producing Organization: WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Library of Congress
Identifier: 1999547-1 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 2 inch videotape: Quad
Generation: Master
Color: Color
Duration: 0:59:25
Library of Congress
Identifier: 1999547-3 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: Color
Library of Congress
Identifier: 1999547-2 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Master
Color: Color
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Chicago: “Black Journal; 3,” 1968-08-14, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed July 19, 2024,
MLA: “Black Journal; 3.” 1968-08-14. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. July 19, 2024. <>.
APA: Black Journal; 3. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from