The Racial State and the “Disappearance” of Soul!
The early 1970s saw efforts on the part of the Nixon administration to curtail the expression of political dissent on television, especially in news and public affairs broadcasts. Within this climate of increasing surveillance of TV news content, black political and cultural expression was also scrutinized. When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) withdrew funds for Soul! in 1973, it cited a desire to lend support to “integrated” racial representations. Soul! and its audience fought back, as they had in 1969, but the program ended in March 1973. The final Soul! episodes celebrate and document its accomplishments, proposing that the show’s “vibrations” will persist despite its cancellation.
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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