Browse shows on: Education and Families

De facto segregation persisted to varying degrees throughout the period covered by ABJ, even as landmark court decisions removed the legal props to the system. ABJ shows illustrate the black community's unwavering commitment to education as the pathway from poverty to prosperity and social justice. They examine the struggles over policy, access, curriculum, and resources at the heart of the black community's efforts to revitalize public education and infuse it with values drawn from neighborhood, church, and family.

Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "The Making of a Rioter" (October 23, 1968)



Description: This segment examines public education in Detroit. Highlighting the unsafe infrastructures, lack of adequate resources, and substandard curriculum inner city youth grappled with everyday. The staff reporters interviews students at Northeastern High School to gain insight into their thoughts about the situation. The interview reveals the students' frustration, anger and disillusionment with a system that has all but forgotten them. The students have staged a walkout and formed a Black Student organization to address their concerns.
Colored People's Time 5 Colored People's Time 5 (November 14, 1968)
Guests: International Gospel Choir, Black Students Association, Arthur Ashe Jr, George Kirby, Bill Murphy, Gwen McKinney, Kim Weston, Marcus Belgrave, Thomas Bowles, Diane Carol, Hal McKinney
Host: Tony Brown
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Duration: 56:53:09
Description: The program opens with Hal McKinney's jazz band performing "Freedom Jazz Dance," featuring Hal and Gwen McKinney on vocals. Although they are not individually credited, it appears that at least two prominent jazz musicians, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Thomas "Beans" Bowles, are members of McKinney's band...
Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement (Skin Lightening Cream) (November 14, 1968)



Description: One of the creative aspects of the show is the incorporation of "Public Service Announcements," that take a satirical look at Black identity. This "Free Your Mind" clip tackles the issues surrounding the use of beaching and whitening creams. Since the late 1800s Blacks who were unhappy with their skin complexion or thought they could change their social status by lighting their skin, engaged in the process of skin bleaching. Critics of the process argue that internalized racism and self-contempt have caused such individuals to accept degrading and negative images associated with Blackness, thus causing them to over identifying with Eurocentric standards of beauty. While skin whitening is one the most obvious forms of negating Blackness is discussions have also focused on hair styles, chemical process that are used to straighten hair, colored contacts, and cosmetic surgery that alters characteristically African features like the nose and lips. Skin bleaching creams are still sold and used today.
Bobby Seale (Clip 1) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:01:45
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world. Seale is then introduced as a guest on the show and the interview begins.
Bobby Seale (Clip 2) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:02:26
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world.
Bobby Seale (Clip 3) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:04:11
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world.
Bobby Seale (Part 1) Bobby Seale (Part 1) (1979)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:28:20
Description: Bobby Seale was a key figure in the development of African American consciousness and radical political activism in the 1960s. Seale was one of the founders of, and an important spokesman for, the Black Panther Party. In this program from 1979, Seale talks with host Ron Scott about his role with the Black Panthers, his recently published autobiography, and his new sense of direction for the 1980s.
Bobby Seale (Part 2) Bobby Seale (Part 2) (1979)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:29:30
Description: Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, talks with host Ron Scott about his role with the Black Panthers, his recently published autobiography, and his new sense of direction for the 1980s. This is the second part of a two part interview in 1978.
Ossie Davis Ossie Davis (1980)
Guests: Ossie Davis
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:28:55
Description: This features an interview with actor Ossie Davis about his career and his upcoming PBS television series, "Ossie and Ruby," which he has created with his wife, actress Ruby Dee.
To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another (1980)
Guests: Lena Horne, Nikki Giovanni
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Alfa Harrison, Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:28:57
Description: This show features interviews with Lena Horne and Nikki Giovanni about their careers, work, and what it means to be a black woman in modern-day society.
Public Education: A Community Crisis (1983)
Guests: Arthur Jefferson, Helen Moore, Stuart Rankin, Marvin Green, John Elliott, Queen Lourdmon, Freddie Carter, Adrienne Bailey, William Pappas, Mary Futrell, Emeral Crosby, Donald Johnson, Patrick Drummond, Nancy Boykin, James Bannon, Mount V. Allen, Anita Poseu, Clara Rutherford
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:59:36
Description: This show is about how attitudes, goals, and values about public education have changed and how that effects schools.
Guests are Dr. Arthur Jefferson, the superintendent of Detroit Public Schools; Helen Moore, of Black Parents for Quality Education; Dr. Stuart Rankin, the deputy superintendent of Detroit Public Schools; Dr. Marvin Green, the assistant superintendent of curriculum development for Detroit Public Schools; John Elliott, the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers; Mumford High School teacher, Queen Lourdmon; Northern High School teacher, Freddie Carter; Dr. Adrienne Bailey, the vice president of academic affairs, the college board; Clara Rutherford, the vice president of the Detroit Board of Education; William Pappas, OHM. Mich. H.S.; Mary Futrell, the president of the National Education Association; Dr. Emeral Crosby, the principal of Northern High School; Mumford High School senior class president, Donald Johnson; Northern High School counselor, Patrick Drummond; Nancy Boykin, the director of continuing education for girls; Deputy Chief James Bannon of the Detroit Police Department; Anita Poseu, a parent; and Mount V. Allen, the principal of Shulz Elementary School.
Detroit School Board Detroit School Board (1984)
Guests: Clara Rutherford, Alonzo Bates
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Bob Rossbach, Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:28:51
Description: In the early 1980s, the Detroit Board of Education became a lightning rod for criticism over some of its financial dealings and budgetary practices. The district was under increasing pressure because of public concerns over safety in the schools and the quality of education in the district, and district officials were seeking to draw attention to inequities in school funding statewide.
Illiteracy and Black English (1985)
Guests: James Jr Smith, Delores Grant, Janet Morton, Steve Chennault, Jack Daniel
Host: Ed Gordon, Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Dianne Hudson
Duration: 00:59:16
Description: This show focuses on adult illiteracy and the use of Black English as a language.
Guests include Janet Morton, the literacy co-coordinator for Detroit Public Schools; Delores Grant, a student at the Literacy Volunteers of America; James Smith Jr., a tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of America; Steve Chennault, a sociolinguist; and Jack Daniel, an associate professor of communication at the University of Pittsburg.
Teen Gang Violence Teen Gang Violence (1985)
Guests: Hartford Smith, James Younger, Emeral Crosby
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Hudson
Description: In this special, hour-long presentation from late 1985, host Ed Gordon explores the impact and causes of teen violence with a panel that includes a police official, a high school principal, a social work expert and a former teen gang member.

Black Relationships I Black Relationships I (1986)
Guests: Dr. Donnie Smith, Dr. Rosalind Griffin
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this first of two related programs from 1986, host Ed Gordon talks with Dr. Rosalind Griffin, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Donnie Smith, a family therapist, about the troubled world of relationships between black men and black women.

Black Relationships II Black Relationships II (1986)
Guests: Dr. LaMaurice Gardner, Dr. Rosalind Griffin, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In late 1986, several months after Detroit Black Journal first addressed the state of relationships between black men and women, an outpouring of viewer interest prompted host Ed Gordon to return to the topic with the help of two Detroit area psychiatrists.

Bloodlines and Bridges: The African Connection (1986)
Guests: Imani Humphrey, Sharon Stallworth, Thomas F. Stallworth III, Samuel Ajiri, Ricardo Solomon, G. Mennen Williams, John Conyers, Walter Morgan, Marion Crawford, Elise Davis, Kamal Amen Ra
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Darryl Wood, Debra Mims
Duration: 00:55:05
Description: This show explores the African roots of Detroiters.


Guests include: Imani Humphrey, founder of Aisha Shule an African centered charter school in Detroit, Thomas and Sharon Stallworth, the parents of a child attending the school; Dr. Samuel Ajiri, the president of Western Medical Systems, Inc., who is a native of Nigeria; Ricardo Solomon, chairman of the International Exchange council; the chief justice of the Michigan supreme court, G. Mennen Williams; congressman John Conyers; artist and art dealer, Walter Morgan; secretary of Wayne County government, Marion Crawford; Elise Davis, a researcher of African American history; and Kamal Amen Ra, an African drummer and dancer.
Dearborn Boycott 1986 Dearborn Boycott 1986 (1986)
Guests: Joe Madison, Howard Simon, Arthur Featherstone
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In 1986, a move by the Detroit suburb of Dearborn to restrict access to city parks sparked an intense controversy. Many saw this as a racist attempt to keep black Detroiters out of the predominantly white suburb. The Dearborn City Council's action prompted a legal challenge and opponents of the new ordinance organized a boycott of Dearborn businesses, particular the Fairlane Mall, which had been a very popular shopping center for black Detroiters.
Dropout Show (1986)
Guests: Arthur Jefferson, Carmen Harlan, Tom Seabron, Greg Reed
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 00:59:06
Description: This show examines reasons for the high dropout rate in Detroit public schools, and emphasizes the importance of staying in school.

Guests include Dr. Arthur Jefferson, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools; Carmen Harlan, a news anchor for WDIV TV; entertainment attorney, Greg Reed; and former NFL player and stockbroker, Tom Seabron.
Graduation is the Bottom Line (1986)

Host: Beth Konrad, Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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, Ed Gordon, Diane Atkinson-Hudson, Trudy Gallant, Cheryl Head, Rich Mayk
Producer : Jay Nelson, Darryl Wood
Duration: 01:28:54
Description: This show is a discussion of what can be done about the high dropout rate in Detroit.

Guests are students, parents, members of the community, school administrators, and teachers.
Interracial Marriage (1986)
Guests: Bob McClary, Pat McClary, Bill Mayweather, Candace Spaulding
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:15
Description: This show is about the difficulties of interracial marriage, and how it is still almost taboo. Guests are two interracial couples, Bob and Pat McClary and Candace Spaulding and Bill Mayweather.
Jesse Jackson (1) Jesse Jackson (1) (1986)
Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carol Gibson
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: A Baptist minister, Jesse Jackson spent decades as a civil rights and community activist before a pair of campaigns for the presidency made him a prominent political figure. In this 1986 program, Jackson appears primarily in the role of minister and community activist as he and host Ed Gordon discuss the problems facing black youth in America. (A second program with Jackson, to be aired the following week, would address the situation in South Africa.)

Teen Violence (November 3, 1986)
Guests: Elizabeth Hood, Charles Harper, Hartford Smith, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:29:33
Description: This show is a discussion of teen violence in Detroit. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests include Dr. Elizabeth Hood from Wayne State University School of Education, psychologist Charles Harper, Professor Hartford Smith from Wayne State University School of Social Work, and the voice of "John", a former drug dealer.
Teen Violence with Susan Watson (November 24, 1986)
Guests: Susan Watson, Thelma Curtis, Luvinia Hilson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:24
Description: This show focuses on coming up with solutions for teen violence in Detroit.
Guests include Susan Watson, writer for the Detroit Free Press; and Thelma Curtis and Luvinia Hilson, women whose sons was killed by teen violence.
School Crisis School Crisis (1987)
Guests: Teola Canty, George Vaughn, Arthur Jefferson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:18
Description: This program, broadcast live in the spring of 1987, was organized by WTVS as a public forum in response to the fatal shooting of a student at a Detroit high school. The panel discussion, led by host Ed Gordon, with Detroit Schools Superintendent Dr. Arthur Jefferson, school board member George Vaughn, and PTA President Teola Canty, illuminates the struggle of a major city to come to grips with violence in its schools and broader community.
Teenage Pregnancy (February 9, 1987)
Guests: Emily Palmer, Richard Smith, Joyce Freeman, Robert Marshall
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:12
Description: This show is about how increasing teenage pregnancies affect the black community. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Emily Palmer, director of the Lula Belle Stewart Center for Pregnant Teens; Dr. Richard Smith, director of the Henry Ford Hospital Young Adult Clinic; 17 year old mother, Joyce Freeman; and 18 year old father, Robert Marshall.
School Strike (September 14, 1987)
Guests: Mary Blackmon, Sarah Burkhalter, Edmund Millet
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:31
Description: This show is about the Detroit schools teachers' strike.
Guests are Mary Blackmon, vice president of the Detroit School Board; Reverend Edmund Millet, a member of an ad hoc community group assisting to end the strike; and Sarah Burkhalter, recording secretary with the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
Recall (October 26, 1987)
Guests: Mzee Nabwi, Jessie M. Dillard, George Vaughn, Kay Everett
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about the attempted recall of school board members, and also addresses the state of the school systems.
Guests are Mzee Nabwi of People to Open Schools; Jessie Dillard, a representative of Parents for Better Schools; and Detroit School Board members Kay Everett and George Vaughn.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1989)
Guests: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: Jackie Joyner-Kersee was one of the most successful women athletes of the 20th century, winning a total of five Olympic medals in track and field events spread over four consecutive Olympic Games. The peak of her Olympic career was in 1988, when she won gold medals in both the heptathlon and the long jump.
Joe Clark Joe Clark (1989)
Guests: Joe Clark
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this special broadcast from 1989, host Trudy Gallant, presents a brief introduction to an extended (24-minute) excerpt from a speech by New Jersey high school principal Joe Clark. The speech had been recorded earlier during an appearance by Clark at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Old Hastings Street Old Hastings Street (1989)
Guests: Dorothy DeMorcia, Wardell Polk, Siliva Williams, Lyman Woodard
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from February 1989 crosses a range of categories as it explores the history of Detroit's black neighborhoods in the first half of the 20th century. Host Trudy Gallant discusses that history with a panel which includes two Detroiters who grew up in the Black Bottom/Paradise Valley area on the city's near east side, and the curator of a new exhibit about the period on display at the Detroit Historical Museum.
The Endangered Black Family The Endangered Black Family (1989)
Guests: Dr. Nathan Hare, Dr. Julia Hare
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: The Crisis in Black Sexual Politics, a book by Dr. Nathan Hare and Dr. Julia Hare, is the focus of this program from 1989. The coauthors, who were husband and wife, were both psychologists practicing in the San Francisco area. Nathan Hare had been the original chair of the Black Studies Department at San Francisco State University in 1968, which was the first Black Studies program established at a predominantly white university in the United States.

University Programs (1989)
Guests: Darrell Dawsey, Mikal Ansari, Leigh Smith, Michael Goodin, Robert Lasker
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:31
Description: This show is a discussion of the effects of a protest at Wayne State to get an Africana studies program.

Guests include spokespersons and negotiators for the students Darrell Dawsey, Mikal Ansari, and Leigh Smith, as well as Michigan Chronicle reporter, Michael Goodin. Robert Lasker, editor in chief of South End newspaper (Wayne State's university paper) also joins the discussion over the phone.
State of Black America State of Black America (January 1989)
Guests: Dr. Leon Chestang, N. Charles Anderson, John E. Jacob
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program, broadcast in January 1989, discusses a report recently issued by the National Urban League assessing the economic and social challenges facing African Americans.
Special on Schools (February 27, 1989)
Guests: Frank Hayden, Zodie Johnson, David Olmstead, Evelyn Crane
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:57:26
Description: This show is a discussion about where the Detroit school system should be headed and what would make a good superintendent. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.
Guests are Frank Hayden, Detroit school board member and chairman of the Community Relations Committee; David Olmstead, Detroit school board member and chairman of the Finance Committee; Zodie Johnson, superintendent of area a; and Evelyn Crane, assistant superintendent of Detroit public schools.
20th Anniversary Special (September 25, 1989)
Guests: Tony Brown, Gil Maddox, Abe Ulmer, Ron Scott, Juanita Anderson, George (voice only) Martin
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:59:38
Description: This show is about the history of Detroit Black Journal, and is filled with clips from old shows.

Guests include the first host of the show, Tony Brown, Gil Maddox, who originally wrote the proposal for the show, Abe Ulmer, another host of CPT, Juanita Anderson, former executive producer of DBJ, Ron Scott, former producer and host of DBJ, and George Martin, who worked on CPT and DBJ.
Adoption (1990)
Guests: Cheryl Coleman, Scott Damaschkes
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:47
Description: This show is about adoption, and whether black children would be better off in black homes.
Guests are Scott Damaschkes, who is bi-racial and was raised in a white home; and Cheryl Coleman, the Family Preservation Committee Chair from the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Reparations Reparations (1990)
Guests: Ray Jenkins, Christopher Alston
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In early 1865, shortly before the end of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman began distributing parcels of land confiscated from Confederate supporters to former slaves along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. He also loaned army mules to the former slaves to help them farm their newly acquired land.
Wilson/Slocom/Edwards (February 19, 1990)
Guests: Blenda Wilson, Harriet Slocom, Walter Edwards, Dudley Randall
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:42
Description: This show is about the decrease in blacks in higher education.
Guests include Dr. Harriet Slocom, the director of the urban teachers program at Wayne County Community College; Dr. Walter Edwards, assistant dean of the graduate school at Wayne State University; and Blenda Wilson, the chancellor of University of Michigan, Dearborn. There is also a short reading by Dudley Randall, a Detroit poet laureate, from his poem "Booker T. and W.E.B." that is interrupted by various performers reciting the poem.
Black Colleges Black Colleges (1991)
Guests: Alvin O. Jr. Chambliss, Dr. Marjorie Harris, Dr. Anthony Ingram, Ed Vaughn
Host: Greg Mathis
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:20
Description: This program from the first months of 1991 is interesting, both for the subject matter and for some of the personalities involved in the show.
Black Youth Perspectives Black Youth Perspectives (1991)
Guests: Vincent Calles, Wenona Bryant, Chris Lee, Jasminder Grewal, Diona Smiley, Neeme Jarvi
Host: Randy Henry
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the early fall of 1991 is the second of two special broadcasts focusing on city youth.
SOSAD (May 1, 1991)
Guests: Clementine Barfield, Peggy Djurdjulov
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: This show is about children getting killed in Detroit and how parents can help to stop it.
Guests are Clementine Barfield, founder and director of Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD); and Peggy Djurdjulov, vice president of sales for Frito Lay (at the time Frito Lay was working with SOSAD to improve the community).
McGriff/School Year 90-91 (June 10, 1991)
Guests: Deborah McGriff, Gerald K. Smith, Emmett Moten
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:59
Description: This show is an interview with the Detroit public schools superintendent, Deborah McGriff, about the challenges and future of the schools. There are two taped segments added into the show. The first includes statements from Gerald K. Smith of the Kellogg Foundation about the Kellogg Foundation's commitment to the schools, and Emmett Moten, the co-chair of Northern Lights. The second clip is from a previous show.
Modern Day Griot Modern Day Griot (1992)
Guests: Katherine Blackwell, Baba Inshangi
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:29
Description: This program, broadcast in 1992, is hosted by Cliff Russell. Divided between a music-dance performance by the Ishangi family from West Africa, and a presentation by Katherine Blackwell, an African American storyteller, the show illustrates the efforts of African Americans to explore - and to transmit to their children - the African roots of American culture.
Race Relations on Campus Race Relations on Campus (1992)
Guests: John Telford, Darryl Dawsey, Byron Williams, Tomeka Mingo
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: In this program from mid-1992, host Cliff Russell leads a panel discussion, with a studio audience, about the problems that black students face in dealing with racism on college campuses and in high schools. The discussion was an outgrowth of a similar forum conducted a few weeks earlier in the wake of the verdict in the Rodney King beating case and the subsequent rioting in Los Angeles.
Respect Yourself and Live (October 12, 1992)
Guests: Stephonia Fletcher, Lavett Pettiford, Sterling Sangoma, Robert Thornton
Host: Cliff Russell
Host : Cliff Russell
Duration: 00:27:59
Description: This show is about sexual responsibility and AIDS in black youth.
Guests include 19 year old single mother, Stephonia Fletcher; 18 year old single mother, Lavett Pettiford; Sterling Sangoma, coordinator of the HIV counseling and testing division for the Detroit Public Health Department; and Robert Thornton, director of Project MR.
Family (1993)
Guests: Rochelle Riley, Joann Washington, William and Carol Smith
Host: Cliff Russell

Duration: 00:28:03
Description: This show is about African American families.
Guests include author Rochelle Riley; African storyteller Joann Washington, and William and Carol Smith the adoptive parents of five brothers.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute (1993)
Guests: Coretta Scott King, Young people from Detroit and across the country
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almaza
Duration: 00:29:07
Description: This program, produced to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January 1993, is an intriguing exploration of the continuing legacy of King and his principles of nonviolence.

Blue Pigs/ Hugh Burrell (March 22, 1993)
Guests: Hugh Burrell
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:46
Description: This show is about the Blue Pigs, a musical outreach program of the Detroit Police Department. The guest is Hugh Burrell, the lead vocalist of the Blue Pigs.
Gun Safety (1994)
Guests: Benny Napoleon, Corey Edwards, Eugene Edwards, Robert Ficano
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:04
Description: This show is about increases in gun violence and lack of proper gun safety in the home. It includes interviews with Deputy Chief of Detroit police, Benny Napoleon, and a victim of gun violence, Corey Edwards as well as gun safety tips. Other guests include Corey's father, Eugene Edwards and Robert Ficano the Wayne County sheriff.
Ken Cockrel / Mike's Guide (1994)
Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Bruce Hunt, Debra White-Hunt, Michael E. Fisher
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:54
Description: This show profiles Ken Cockrel's life. It also features segments on the Detroit Dance Academy and "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".

Guests include Ken Cockrel's son, Ken Cockrel Jr.; Ken Cockrel's partner, Justin Ravitz; Debra White-Hunt and Bruce Hunt, founders of the Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy; and Michael E. Fisher, author of "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".
Money (March 30, 1994)
Guests: Terry Savage, Jessie Carney Smith
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:11
Description: This show is has segments on money management and the book "Black Firsts", and includes a tribute to Malcolm X from a 1979 episode.

Guests include Terry Savage, author and personal finance expert, and Jessie Carney Smith, the author of "Black Firsts".
Calculating Change in Detroit (May 18, 1994)
Guests: Aziz Khalifa, Shirley Sanders, Jacqueline Morrison
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:57
Description: This show explores reasons children are not doing well in math and sciences and new initiatives to try to improve.
Guests include Aziz Khalifa, a high school science teacher; Shirley Sanders, a parent; and Jacqueline Morrison of the Detroit Urban League.
Ken Cockrel / Grace Frazier (June 15, 1994)
Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Grace Frazier, Duane A. Elston, Dannie Brown
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This show profiles the life of Ken Cockrel, a lawyer, city council member, and black activist leader. It also looks at Wayne State's educational programs using Grace Frazier's experience.

Guests include Ken Cockrel Jr., Ken Cockrel's son, Justin Ravitz, Cockrel's partner, Grace Frazier, an alumni of the community education outreach program, Duane A. Elston, a recruiter for the division of community education at Wayne State, and Dannie Brown, Wayne State University program coordinator.
Foster Care (1995)
Guests: Donald Phillips, Ernest Turner, Deirdre Bellomo, John Krapohl
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:20
Description: This show explores reasons black children are in foster care, and adoption of black children by white families.
Guests include Donald Phillips, community outreach coordinator for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's Detroit foster care program; Reverend Ernest Turner, a foster parent; Deirdre Bellomo the white mother of an adopted African American child; and John Krapohl, an African American who was adopted by a white family.
Jesse Jackson (3) Jesse Jackson (3) (1995)
Guests: Lois Williams, Deborah Franklin, Jesse Jackson
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:47
Description: This 1995 program, most of which consists of an interview of Jesse Jackson by host Darryl Wood, is fascinating because of the light it sheds on the political atmosphere of the mid 1990s.
Relationships (1995)
Guests: Audrey Chapman
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Duration: 00:21:51
Description: This show is about relationships between black men and women.

The guest is Audrey B. Chapman, a counselor at Howard University, radio talk show host, and author of the book "Entitled to Good Loving".
Computer Show (March 8, 1996)
Guests: Fred Hall, Hermine Turner
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:21:19
Description: This show is about computers - "from the basics to the internet". Guests are Fred Hall, founder and president of the Novatech Computer Services, a training and networking center; and Hermine Turner, of Midwest Business Systems.
Black Man Come Home (June 7, 1996)
Guests: Lyn Lewis, Renee Lowe, Preston W. Smyth, Allen Martin
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about the epidemic of single parent households among the black community.

Guests include Dr. Lyn Lewis, the chair of the sociology department at University of Detroit; clinical psychologist Renee Lowe, who works for Joy for Jesus, which helps urban youth to succeed and tries to have positive impacts on their families and communities; Preston W. Smyth, the associate pastor of Hope UMC and divorced father of three; and Allen Martin, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the city of Detroit and founder of 'Take Back Our City'.
Cornel West Cornel West (1998)
Guests: Cornel West
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:25:49
Description: In this program, from 1998, host Darryl Wood interviews highly regarded African American scholar Cornel West about the publication of his recently published book, "Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America." The book explores the meaning of community for African Americans and ideas for building a more hopeful future through a series of interviews with important public figures, such as Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bill Bradley and Wynton Marsalis.

Domestic Abuse (May 6, 1998)
Guests: Imani Williams, Gail Parker, Joseph Gorman
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:25:40
Description: This show is about why domestic abuse happens and what can be done about it.
Guests include Imani Williams, a survivor of domestic abuse; clinical psychologist, Dr. Gail Parker; and Joseph Gorman, a specialist in violence in the workplace employee assistant programs.