Introduction: It’s Been Beautiful
Soul! is an unremembered landmark in the history of American television. It was the only nationally televised program to explore artistic and intellectual expressions of the Black Arts and Black Power movements. Appropriating the variety-show format familiar from late-night TV, it explored diversity and conflict within the black collective, working to facilitate a sense of black community despite difference. Through its producer, Ellis Haizlip, Soul! expressed a belief in the power of black performance to sustain this community in the face of ongoing political, social, and spiritual crisis.
Ellis B. Haizlip Papers (gift of Doris Sanders), Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Ford Foundation Archives, Rockefeller Archive Center, New York, NY.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Archives, New York, NY.
National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
WNET Archives, New York, NY.
WNET Collection; Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division; Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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