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
Discussion of major developments of 1968 - notably the death of Martin Luther King, the election of Richard Nixon, the growth of the black consciousness, and the course of dissent. Kathleen Cleaver contends that television has been the greatest stimulus for the black revolt since "black people are in a position to have instantaneous information about what's going on and are in a position to react to that." Blacks have been able to utilize the mass media through demonstrations, which are "propaganda tools to mobilize power," according to Andrew Young. But Bill Strickland notes that the most potent demonstration of 1968 - at the Chicago convention - was almost exclusively white. There, the police problem became public knowledge. Chicago, however, was not the first "police riot," Strickland notes, listing also Newark and Watts. Commenting on the death of Dr. King, Mayfield notes that blacks took to the streets because "symbolically we had been shot too." On the subject of the Poor People's Campaign he indicates the futility of "appearing to a Congress that wouldn't pass a rat bill." The election of Nixon means that "the whites are getting themselves together, and we'd better do the same," says Mayfieild. "Black Journal #7" is an NET production (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
Other 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.
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Executive Editor: Potter, Lou
Executive Producer: Greaves, William
Host: Greaves, William
Host: House, Lou
Producing Organization: WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
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Library of Congress
Identifier: 2296150-1 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: 2 inch videotape
Generation: Master
Color: Color
Duration: 0:59:19
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2296150-3 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: Color
Library of Congress
Identifier: 2296150-2 (MAVIS Item ID)
Generation: Master
Color: Color
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Chicago: “Black Journal; 7,” 1968-12-30, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 25, 2022,
MLA: “Black Journal; 7.” 1968-12-30. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 25, 2022. <>.
APA: Black Journal; 7. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from