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Re: TV programs during Black History Month

Last week there was a great program on WTTW, channel 11, a Chicagoland public television station. It was about the history and contributions of African American newspapers, beginning in the early 1800s and was titled "Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords".

Coming next month, although I did not see it on the PBS link posted by Ed, is the multiple award winning documentary, "Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender". As many of us know, the Defender was one of the largest AA papers in the early 20th century, and played a critical role in the perpetuating black self-awareness and pride. It's influence was nationwide, particularly in the South, and had a multi-faceted impact on black America, especially northern migration.

The Defender is on microfilm & was digitized last year. If you have not taken the time to use it as a research tool, you are certainly missing out.

Back to WTTW, there is another program that looks very interesting. It is on Jack Johnson, and is a 2 part film by Ken Burns.

On the WTTW site you can download the monthly program schedule. If you cannot find these programs in your area, call on one of your Chicagoland kinfolks or friends to tape & mail them to you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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