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Riots & the Birth of Black Television

 

In this clip Say Brother contributor Henry Hampton talks directly to the camera about how death of Martin Luther King gave birth to black television. After the riots, commercial and educational broadcasters, stunned at what had occurred, offered significant blocks of air time to black producers and writers. “A year later many of the shows are off the air. Some lacked the necessary skills and adequate resources to accomplish ambitious goals. Some were simply axed because we didn’t riot last summer and things have returned to normal. Perhaps a few failed because they were simply too honest with those who sponsored them.”