Blacks, Blues, Black! Episode 3 [history]

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Episode 3 of a 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968 called Blacks, Blues, Black!, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society. Includes scenes of Dr. Angelou in the studio reflecting on Africa's history and rich cultural legacy, using poetry, dance, analysis of the oral tradition and an interview with South African poet Willie Kgositsile to illustrate her points. Dr. Angelou states that: "Every black American should own a map of Africa." Also features views on location of African cultural artefacts at UC Berkeley and a visit to the Negro Historical Society in San Francisco, where children are being taught about their ancestral history. This episode was writen and produced by Dr. Maya Angelou and directed by Robert Hagopian. We'd like to thank KQED, WNET and the Library of Congress for collaborating with the TV Archive in making this series available. WNET deposited 2-inch video masters of 'Blacks, Blues, Black!' with the Library of Congress. The Library's Recording Laboratory remastered these 2-inch tapes onto digital, QuickTime masters and copyright holder KQED agreed to let us stream the compressed screener footage in DIVA. The TV Archive provided funding and coordination for this project.

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KQ 1012

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