Series
Flight to Freedom
Episode Number
101
Producing Organization
WXXI (Television station : Rochester, N.Y.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-959c53g32d
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Description
Series Description
"It was America's first civil rights movement, a story of secret heroes, a public shame, and the absolute power of faith and courage. The spirit of the Underground Railroad did not die with its passengers and conductors, it lives on today in those determined to preserve its legacy. Past and present efforts for racial equality are united in Flight to Freedom, the first television documentary to tell the full story of the Underground Railroad. "Flight to Freedom begins with the economic, political and religious climates which strongly rooted the '[peculiar] institution' in 18th century America. Through documented writings, descendent accounts, artifacts and expert interviews, the program chronicles the growth of the Underground Railroad as it laid tracks to freedom in Canada. "WXXI crews traveled to 16 states and Canadian provinces, documenting central people and places in the freedom movement. The value of our efforts were reinforced by a number of unique commitments. Award winning actress, Cicely Tyson donated most of her services to the project; the Castellani Art Museum chose to premiere Flight to Freedom as part of a new educational campaign by the Underground Railroad Committee of the Niagara Frontier; in February, the documentary will be shown during the St. Catharine's Historical Society's first-ever symposium on the Underground Railroad; and in May, Toronto's Ontario Black History Society will premiere the program as part of an international conference. "First broadcast in February of 1995, Flight to Freedom was that month's 8th most viewed program, (local or national) and became the second highest rated local program in WXXI TV history. Flight to Freedom has been accepted for broadcast by nearly 100 public television stations; it is in the permanent collections of 37 historical museums and is in classroom use in nearly 30 schools and universities."--1995 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1995-02-06
Asset type
Episode
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:58:23.000
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Credits
Producing Organization: WXXI (Television station : Rochester, N.Y.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-7081401c326 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 1:53:42
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Citations
Chicago: “Flight to Freedom; 101,” 1995-02-06, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-959c53g32d.
MLA: “Flight to Freedom; 101.” 1995-02-06. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-959c53g32d>.
APA: Flight to Freedom; 101. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-959c53g32d