May 23, 2022

American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Announces Launch of “In Black America” Collection; 745 Episodes of Radio Program From 1981-2004 Now Available to Stream Online

From the American Archive of Public Broadcasting:

The AAPB is pleased to launch the In Black America collection from KUT in Austin, Texas. This extraordinary collection is made up of 745 episodes of In Black America, which were preserved and digitized in 2019, thanks to a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). In Black America, which began in 1970 and continues to be broadcast weekly, features hundreds of interviews with influential members of the black community in conversation about issues and topics pertaining to black America, including education, style, economics, social issues, families, culture, literature, and politics.

Episodes in the collection are from a batch of recently-rediscovered tapes spanning from 1981-2004, featuring interviews by host and producer John L. Hanson, Jr., who has hosted the series since 1980. Episodes feature speeches by and interviews with artists, athletes, civil rights leaders, teachers, politicians, businesspeople, and social scientists, including comedian and activist Dick Gregory; journalist Susan L. Taylor, who was editor-in-chief of Essence from 1981-2000; writer, photographer, filmmaker, and composer Gordon Parks, Sr.; opera singer Barbara Conrad; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; and poet and educator Nikki Giovanni. Subjects in the collection include race and ethnicity, sports, journalism, activism, education, and black culture and history.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post, Links to Featured Episodes

Direct to In Black America Collection

See Also: American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Announces Twenty-Three Years of “In Black America” Will be Restored, Digitized and Archived for Research and Future Generations (May 13, 2019)

UPDATE: Here’s the Interview with Gordon Parks, Sr. (Using the New AAPB Embedding Feature)

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