The 1960s were a turbulent time in US history. Racism and discrimination pervaded every aspect of American society, including the television and publishing industries. Years of activism by African Americans and their allies resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965). While these landmark decisions lifted barriers that prohibited African Americans full access to public spaces, employment, and the constitutional right to vote, this legislature could not mandate social change. Racial discrimination continued to hinder the educational, housing, employment, and social opportunities of African Americans. Feelings of disillusionment and outrage continued to rise alongside poverty levels within African American communities. These racial tensions reached a boiling point during the 1960s and 1970s as African American journalists, activists, and artists took to the streets, the printing press, and the emerging black media to fight for black...
Black Power TV
Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century
La Donna L. Forsgren is an assistant professor of film, television, and theater at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of In Search of Our Warrior Mothers: Women Dramatists of the Black Arts Movement (2018). She has also published articles on writers James Baldwin, Ben Caldwell, Lydia R. Diamond, Barbara Ann Teer, J. e. Franklin, Sonia Sanchez, Carlton Molette, and Barbara Molette.
La Donna L. Forsgren; Black Power TV
Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century. American Literature 1 September 2019; 91 (3): 663–665. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00029831-7722212
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