Color us Black! (Part II)

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Please note: copyright to Color us Black! is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Color us Black! was originally produced for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired in 1968.

Part II of a documentary film produced for NET looking at how and why Howard University (Washington D.C.) was shut down by African American students, who occupied the Administration Building over four days in March 1968. Opens with "A film by Benjamin W. Land" (intertitle) about "black awareness" and the meaning of "black power." This is set within the context of a speech on Howard University's campus by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (birth name Ronald McKinley Everett), who is described as a "black power advocate." Kerenga is heard in the background and also seen speaking at a podium. The actors (Eric Gravett, Candice Tarplay and Sally Blumenthal) and Land (who also appears in the film) then discuss their feelings about this production and the issues being raised. Ends with views of Trustee Dr. Kenneth Clark and students reflecting on the relative success of the protest on campus. This film was produced, written and directed by Dick McCutcheon, edited by John Carter, with Don Lenzer on camera and sound by John Payne and Eugene Smalls. Color us Black! (Part I) may also be viewed in DIVA.

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16mm b&w optical sound film
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WNET.ORG Properties LLC
Type of material
documentary film
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