Browse shows on: Urban Challenges

Urban life in this period witnessed a major drug epidemic and the flight of industries abroad, which created acute crises in housing, transportation, social services, and health for inner-city residents. Was "urban renewal" also "community renewal"? Or did it undermine communities in its attempt to alleviate serious social ills? ABJ shows examine these issues through interviews with community leaders and special feature programs.

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.
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.
Coal Strike Coal Strike (1978)
Guests: Helen Huddleston, Burdette Crowe, Len Gross, John Hutchinson, Wayne Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Kathy Busby, Cecil Roberts, Mike Meares, John Huddleston, Jane English
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: This program is unusual in the Detroit Black Journal series in that it takes on a topic that does not, on the surface, appear to be directly related to Detroit or African Americans. Nevertheless, it shows the scope of the program's interests.
Coal Strike (Clip 1) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston, Alec Meiklejohn, Kathy Busby, Cecil Roberts
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
Coal Strike (Clip 2) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Cecil Roberts, Kathy Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
Coal Strike (Clip 3) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Cecil Roberts, Kathy Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
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.
Who Controls the Media? Who Controls the Media? (1979)
Guests: Al Chambliss, Zora Brown
Host: Lawton K. Jackson
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:30:20
Description: This recording of a Detroit Black Journal program on citizens' efforts to influence television and radio broadcast programming is incomplete.
Dick Gregory Dick Gregory (1981)
Guests: Dick Gregory, Barbra Tracey
Host: Paul Clements
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:29:16
Description: This program from 1981 is an unusual example of the range of programs represented in the Detroit Black Journal series. Less polished and focused than many of the other programs in the series, it nevertheless confronts a serious issue - the Atlanta Child Killings - that was of intense interest to African Americans, at the time.
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.
Reverend Franklin Reverend Franklin (1984)
Guests: C. L. Franklin, Claude Young, Martha Jean Steinberg, Erma Franklin, Robin McCoy, Fannie Tyler, The Royal Crusaders, S. L. Jones, Marlon Terrell
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Ed Gordon, Alicia Nails, Njia Kai
Duration: 00:53:00
Description: This hour-long program from 1984 is divided into four segments. Three of them deal with youth-related issues or programs, but the longest and most prominent of the four is a 20-minute tribute to the Rev. C.L. Franklin, one of Detroit's most prominent and influential ministers.
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.

Dave Bing and Earl Graves Dave Bing and Earl Graves (1986)
Guests: David Bing, Earl Graves
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Description: The search for economic autonomy and self-determination has long been an important concern in the African American community. This 1986 program explores the state of that search through a discussion between host Ed Gordon and two prominent African American businessmen: Earl Graves, editor and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, and Dave Bing, president of Bing Steel and a former member of the Detroit Pistons.
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.
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.)

Jesse Jackson (2) Jesse Jackson (2) (1986)
Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carole Gibson
Duration: 00:28:49
Description: In the second of two consecutive programs from 1986 featuring interviews with Jesse Jackson, host Ed Gordon engages Jackson in a discussion of national politics and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.
White Power White Power (1986)
Guests: Ted (no last name), Paul (no last name), Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this provocative program from about 1986, host Ed Gordon, interviews two members of the Security Service Action Group about their white-separatist beliefs. The two men - identified only as Ted and Paul - are wearing black military-style uniforms that are starkly reminiscent of Nazi Germany, complete with red-and-black swastika armbands.
Cocaine and Crack (May 5, 1986)
Guests: Mary Bridges, Dennis Counts, Albert Lloyd
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:29:29
Description: This show is about cocaine and crack (at the time, a new form of the drug) because it is the largest growing drug problem. The show begins with the story of a former cocaine user.

The guests are Dr. Mary Bridges, the medical director of chemical dependency at the Samaritan Health Center; Dennis Counts, a former cocaine abuser; and Albert Lloyd, a substance abuse counselor at the Samaritan Health Center.
Drug Business (May 12, 1986)
Guests: Joel Gilliam, Ed Bell, Ken Walton
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 00:27:29
Description: This show is about the war on drugs in Detroit. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Joel Gilliam, the Detroit Police narcotics inspector; defense attorney Ed Bell; and special agent, FBI, Ken Walton.
Black Reporters Black Reporters (June 1986)
Guests: Bill Black, Chauncey Bailey, Emery King, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from June 1986 is a fascinating look at the intersection of race and media in the mid 1980s. Host Ed Gordon begins by playing a clip from the previous week's program in which Detroit Mayor Coleman Young criticizes news coverage in the city as unfair and racially biased.
Marie Farrell Donaldson Marie Farrell Donaldson (June 1986)
Guests: Marie Farrell-Donaldson, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from June of 1986 features an interview with Detroit Ombudsman Marie Farrell-Donaldson, whose office is charged with helping citizens navigate the city's bureaucracy and help them resolve problems with city services and agencies.
Drug Paraphernalia Ban (July 21, 1986)
Guests: Nicholas Jr. Hood, Al Jawad, Imam Abdullah El-Amin
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:29:23
Description: This show is about a possible ordinance to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia in Detroit following a protest. Includes commentary by Susan Watson.
Guests are Nicholas Hood Jr. of the Detroit City Council; Al Jawad, the president of the Association of Independent Petroleum Dealers; and Imam Abdullah El-Amin of the Detroit Muslim Center, who led the protest the prior week.
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.
Psychological Slavery Psychological Slavery (1987)
Guests: Dr. Robert Newby, Dr. Tyrone Tilory, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this program from 1987, host Ed Gordon engages in a fascinating discussion of African American psychology with two faculty members from Wayne State University: history professor Dr. Tyrone Tilory, and sociology professor Dr. Robert Newby.

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.
AIDS (March 30, 1987)
Guests: Melinda Love, Scott Walton, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:32
Description: This show examines the incidence of AIDS in black Americans.

Guests include Dr. Melinda Love from the Detroit Board of Health; Scott Walton, the executive director of the Wellness Network; and Grace, a woman with AIDS who shares her story over the phone. Followed by commentary from Susan Watson.
Housing Discrimination (October 19, 1987)
Guests: Sue Alexander, Marvin Thomas, Jeff McCall
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about housing discrimination in Detroit.
Guests are Sue Alexander, a woman who won a discrimination suit against a rental agent; Jeff McCall, a realtor who owns his own real-estate company; and Marvin Thomas of the Fair Housing Center.
Strategic Plan (November 23, 1987)
Guests: Erma Henderson, Arthur Johnson, Jim Holley
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:26
Description: This show is about the Detroit Strategic Planning Project to try to better Detroit, and whether it may really have an impact. The show begins with an outtake from a speech by Walter McCarthy, the co-chairman of the Detroit Strategic Plan, and comments from Mayor Coleman Young.
Guests include Erma Henderson, president of the Detroit City Council, and executive committee member for the Detroit Strategic Plan; Dr. Arthur Johnson, the co-chairman of race relations for the Detroit Strategic Plan; and Reverend Jim Holley of Little Rock Baptist Church.
Black Health Care (February 15, 1988)
Guests: Charles Vincent, John Waller, Jacqueline Flowers Lee
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:29
Description: This show is about health disparities in black people, and how things can be changed toward African Americans being healthier. The show ends with commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Dr. Charles Vincent, an OB/GYN; Dr. John Waller, the chairman of the Department of Community Medicine for Wayne State University; and Jacqueline Flowers Lee, a consultant for the Michigan Department of Health.
Crack Continues (February 29, 1988)
Guests: Ron Lockett, Jacqueline Morrison, Nathaniel Topp
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:29:42
Description: This show is a part two of a series looking at the role of the community in putting an end to crack cocaine in Detroit.
Guests are Ron Lockett, the executive director of Family and Youth Resources; Jacqueline Morrison senior community prevention consultant of Project EPIC, a substance abuse prevention program; and Nathaniel Topp, the commanding officer of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Detroit Police Department.
Casino Gambling (June 13, 1988)
Guests: Lawrence Doss, Helen Kelly, Keith Butler, Michael Jefferson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:42
Description: This show is about the allowance of more casinos in Detroit. Guests include Lawrence Doss and Helen Kelly, both of the Casino Gaming Study Commission; Reverend Keith Butler, president of the Alliance Against Casino Gambling; and Michael Jefferson from Citizens for Detroit's Future.
Airplane Pyramid Scheme (June 27, 1988)
Guests: Susan Watson, Richard Smart, Robert McTyre
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:19
Description: This show is about the pyramid operation that was exclusively black, and whether that's the only reason it gained so much attention.

Guests include Richard Smart, the assistant deputy attorney general for Detroit; Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Watson, who wrote an article about the situation and has been receiving hate mail and threats because of it; and Robert McTyre of the Michigan Chronicle.
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.
Kenny Cockrel Kenny Cockrel (1989)
Guests: Dennis Archer, Justin Ravitz, Mike Hamlin, Jack Russell, Ken Cockrell
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Gerald Smith, James Jackson
Description: Ken Cockrel was an often-controversial, often-inspirational figure in Detroit politics, from his emergence as a radical black activist and lawyer in the 1960s, through a term on the Detroit City Council, to speculation that he would run for mayor. This program, aired shortly after Cockrel's sudden death from a heart attack in 1989, explores Cockrel's contribution to the city.
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.

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.
Bill Johnson/Danton Wilson (July 17, 1989)
Guests: Bill Johnson, Danton Wilson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:26
Description: This show is about "Coleman's Communication on Crime" newsletter.
Guests are Danton Wilson editor in chief of the Michigan Chronicle and former staff of the City of Detroit public information; and Bill Johnson, of the editorial staff of the Detroit News.
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.
Budget Cuts Budget Cuts (1990)
Guests: Lavelle Williams, Bill (George Martin) Black
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In early 1990, the city of Detroit was facing a major budget crisis. Concerns about the city's finances, which had barely surfaced during the mayoral election in October and November of 1989, had suddenly erupted into an $80 million budget shortfall that prompted Mayor Coleman Young to propose drastic cutbacks in city services.

Louis Farrakhan Louis Farrakhan (1990)
Guests: Louis Farrakhan, Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:35
Description: Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has been an important and controversial leader in the African American community since the late 1970s. A powerfully charismatic speaker, he was the primary organizer of the Million Man March in 1995. While many African Americans found the Million Man March to be a deeply inspirational event, Farrakhan has also been sharply criticized for his organization's separatist ideas and for comments that many considered anti-Semitic.
Infant Mortality Prevention (May 7, 1990)
Guests: Vernice Davis-Anthony, Edna E. Batiste, Diane Whitney
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:57
Description: This show is about the high infant mortality rate in Detroit, and how to reach a solution.

Guests include Edna E. Batiste, administrator of the Detroit Health Department; Vernice Davis-Anthony, the executive director of the Wayne County Task Force for Infant Mortality; and Diane Whitney, a mother of six and former drug abuser.
Coleman Young (October 8, 1990)
Guests: Coleman A. Young
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This show is an interview with Detroit mayor Coleman Young.
Ombudsman (November 12, 1990)
Guests: Marie Farrell-Donaldson
Host: Trudy Gallant

Duration: 00:26:54
Description: This show is about the problems with Detroit city services.
The guest is Ombudsman for the City of Detroit, Marie Farrell-Donaldson.
Minister Rasul Muhammad (December 10, 1990)
Guests: Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:21
Description: This show is an interview with Minister Rasul Muhammad, the Nation of Islam's local leader. Includes clips of a speech by Louis Farrakhan.
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.
General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 (1991)
Guests: Maryann Mahaffey, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Joan Doyen
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the fall of 1991 is the first of two DBJ broadcasts examining one of the hot-button issues in Michigan at that time - the state's decision to balance its budget by slashing its spending on general assistance welfare.
General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 (1991)
Guests: Sam Chambers, City Councilman Keith Butler, State Rep. Morris Hood, State Rep. David Hollister, State Sen. David Holmes
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This is the second of two DBJ programs broadcast in the fall of 1991 as cutbacks in Michigan's state budget were throwing 90,000 state residents off of the general assistance welfare rolls.
Michigan Budget Cuts (1991)
Guests: Bill Black, David Holmes, Marie Kaigler, Vicki Thomas, Joe Young
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:36
Description: This show is about Michigan budget cuts, and whether they are hitting the right departments.

Guests are Bill Black, a reporter for WJR radio; Vicki Thomas, a reporter for WDET radio; Marie Kaigler, a talk show host for WXYT radio; state senator David Holmes; and by phone, state representative Joe Young.
Us Helping Us Us Helping Us (1991)
Guests: Richard Trice, Cheryl Coleman
Host: Lonnie Peek
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This broadcast from the fall of 1991 is really a continuation of the discussion in two earlier programs about the impact on welfare programs of massive budget cuts by the state of Michigan. The cuts had thrown more than 90,000 people off general assistance welfare rolls.
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).
Black Governance & Programs (October 17, 1991)
Guests: Lynn Smith, Ron Hall, N. Charles Anderson
Host: Dennis Archer
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:13
Description: This show is about what educational, civic, and healthcare are available for young black people.

Guests include Lynn Smith, director of the Youth Advisory Commission; Ron Hall, assistant vice president of New Detroit, Inc; and N. Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League.
Black Consumers and Black Business Black Consumers and Black Business (1992)
Guests: Herschel Richey, Ricardo Solomon, Clifton R. Wharton
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the fall of 1992 examines the question of collective economics in the black community: Do African American consumers adequately support black-owned businesses, and if not, why not?
Detroit Public Housing Detroit Public Housing (1992)
Guests: Bob Armstrong, Kevin Fobbs, Keith Butler, Ruth Williams
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:48
Description: This episode focuses on the problems of public housing in Detroit.
Minority Mortgages, Part 1 Minority Mortgages, Part 1 (1992)
Guests: Karla Brintley, Eugene Perly, Lorraine Van Etten, Saleem Khalid
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: Few matters are more fundamental to people's lives than the idea of home, and this program from 1992 explores the difficulties that African Americans face in obtaining the mortgage loans that make home ownership possible.
Minority Mortgages, Part 2 Minority Mortgages, Part 2 (1992)
Guests: Don Bailey, Bernard Parker, Karla Brintley, Lorraine Van Etten, Saleem Khalid
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This is the second of two programs from 1992 examining the relationship between African Americans, banks and the granting of mortgage loans in the inner city. The program begins with host Cliff Russell posing the question: Do banks discriminate against the inner city in general and blacks in particular?
Civil Rights Civil Rights (January 15, 1992)
Guests: Ernest C. Dillard Sr
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:36
Description: Russell is joined by Ernest C. Dillard, Jr., a local historian and projects manager with the UAW. He is the author of Civil Rights in the 1990s: Race at the Crossroads, and Russell starts by posing the question to him of what he means by "crossroads." Dillard believes that they are at a stage where there is the opportunity for potentially great progress, but only if they choose to do the right thing. In his book, Dillard says that blacks are on equal footing with whites legally, in terms of things such as voting rights, but there are new issues that need to be addressed. These legal rights were the result of actions such as Martin Luther King.
Business Tax Abatements (January 27, 1992)
Guests: Gill Hill, Erma Henderson, Anthony Adams, George Geller, Victor Long
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:50
Description: This show is about whether business tax abatements are worth it, or if they should be eliminated. Much of the discussion focuses on the Pepsi bottling company that received a tax abatement, but did not hire as many workers as promised.

Guests include Gill Hill, pro tem president of Detroit City Council; Erma Henderson, the former Detroit City Council president; attorney Anthony Adams; by phone, attorney George Geller; and Victor Long, a former Pepsi worker and protester.
Conflict Resolution (October 19, 1992)
Guests: Jameel Johnson, Lewis Colson, Carol E. Pearson, Allen Martin
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:33
Description: This show is about violence among African American teens, and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Guests include Jameel Johnson, a survivor of violence; youth advisor and counselor Lewis Colson; Dr. Carol E. Pearson, a forensic child psychiatrist; and Allen Martin, a counselor from the Save Our Sons And Daughters organization.
Rev. Cecil Williams (November 30, 1992)
Guests: Cecil Williams
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:22:53
Description: This show is an interview with Reverend Cecil Williams. He founded the Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, and is known not only as a minister, but also as an author, activist, and leader.
Civilian Conservation Corps (1993)
Guests: John Roundtree, Johnnie Johnson, William Elum
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:41
Description: This show is about the problem of unemployment and whether a CCC type government program is necessary and would work.
Guests include John Roundtree, president of the Detroit CCC; Johnnie Johnson, the founder of the Detroit CCC Alumni; and Reverend William Elum, chaplain of the Detroit CCC.
Detroit Auto Industry Detroit Auto Industry (1993)
Guests: Theresa Jones, Charles Harrell, Mel Farr, Nathan Conyers
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:56
Description: Originally broadcast in January 1993, the program consists of a roundtable discussion, moderated by host Cliff Russell, between four prominent African American auto dealers from the Detroit area: Mel Farr, a former star athlete with the Detroit Lions, owner of Mel Farr Ford, and chairman of the Black Auto Dealers Association; Charles Harrell, owner of Harrell Chevrolet; Theresa Jones, owner of Northwestern Dodge and former director of nursing at Henry Ford Hospital; and Nathan Conyers, owner of Riverside Ford. This program explores the status and progress of African Americans in the U.S. auto industry as the owners of auto dealerships.
Incarceration Incarceration (1993)
Guests: Ron Scott, Anthony McDuffie, Rev. Mikal Featchurs
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this program, broadcast in 1993, host Cliff Russell talks with three studio guests about the ways in which black men tend to get singled out for police attention and the reasons why black men constitute a disproportionately large segment of America's prison population.
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.

Self Help Programs (1993)
Guests: David Gamlin, Clifton Morton
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:35
Description: This show is about black entrepreneurship.
Guests include David Gamlin, a board member of Joy of Jesus (an organization dedicated to helping urban youth succeed) and instructor for Detroit Center of Entrepreneurship, and Clifton Morton, a recent high school graduate and student at the Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship.
Urban City Gambling Urban City Gambling (1993)
Guests: Rev. E.D. Cobbin, Theo Broughton, Ted Gatzaros
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: Casino gambling roiled the political waters of Detroit for nearly a quarter century before the city's first casino opened in 1999. This program, from mid-1993, illustrates the intensity of the debate that raged in the early 1990s over whether casinos should be allowed in Detroit.

Domestic Financial Affairs (April 12, 1993)
Guests: George Johnson, David Robinson, Wanda Young, Agnes Patterson
Host: Alan Martin
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:26
Description: This show is about effective management of financial affairs.
Guests include CPA George Johnson; Agnes Patterson, a small business developer; attorney David Robinson; and Wanda Young, an insurance, life annuity, and mutual fund specialist. Guest host is Al Martin.
Detroit After the Election (November 3, 1993)
Guests: Bernard Parker, Errol Henderson, Kenneth Coleman, Roger Chesley
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:48
Description: This show is a discussion of what direction new mayor, Dennis Archer, will take Detroit, and where Detroit needs to go.

Guests include Wayne County Commissioner, Bernard Parker; Dr. Errol Henderson, member of SOSAD (save our sons and daughters organization); Kenneth Coleman Jr., a writer for the Michigan Chronicle; and Roger Chesley, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.
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.
Black Business in Detroit (January 12, 1994)
Guests: Ricardo Solomon, Richard W. Shealey, Nezaa Bandele
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: 00:28:12
Description: This show focuses on business, and considers solutions to inner city problems - specifically a joint venture between a bank and churches trying to spark development.

Guests include Wayne County Commissioner, Ricardo Solomon; Richard W. Shealey, president and chief executive officer of First Independence National Bank; and Nezaa Bandele, owner of Alkebulan Arts, a Detroit store that sells African cultural goods.
Economic Empowerment (June 29, 1994)
Guests: Gregory Reed, James Perkins
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: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about what churches do with their collection money and what should be done with it. It's an interview with attorney and author Gregory Reed about his book addressing the subject. Reverend James Perkins of Greater Christ Baptist Church also makes a statement in a short clip about what the church has done in the community.
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.
Made in Detroit (May 19, 1995)
Guests: Bill Merriweather, Gerald Johnson, Joan Knight, Dewayne Porter
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 development in Detroit.
Guests are Made in Detroit Incorporated members, Bill Merriweather and Gerald Johnson. The normal show is followed by a segment on the Detroit Symphony Show house, with its history given by Joan Knight of Joan Knight Interiors, and information on the decor from interior designer, Dewayne Porter.
The Criminal Justice System (June 16, 1995)
Guests: Henry W. III Glaspie, Elbert Hatchett, Conrad Jr. Mallet, Benjamin Blake
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 show is about blacks in the criminal justice system and whether prejudices exist.
Guests include Conrad Mallet Jr., a Michigan Supreme Court justice; criminal defense attorney Elbert Hatchett; Henry W. Glaspie III, a recruiter and community outreach officer for the FBI; and Benjamin Blake, division chief for the Wayne County prosecutor's office.
Economic Development (June 25, 1997)
Guests: Anthony Neely, Gill Hill, Eddie Edwards, Charles Adams
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 role the black community will play in the economic redevelopment of Detroit.
Guests are Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Gill Hill, a Detroit City Council member; Anthony Neely, press secretary for mayor Dennis Archer; and Reverend Eddie Edwards from Joy of Jesus.
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.

News Forum (May 20, 1998)
Guests: Curt Guyette, Sharon Sexton
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: 00:25:39
Description: This show is about Dennis Archer's plans for casinos in Detroit. Guests are Sharon Sexton, a reporter with the Michigan Citizen Newspaper; and Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the Metro Times.
John Conyers John Conyers (2000)
Guests: John Conyers
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: In this program, broadcast in 2000, host Darryl Wood interviews U.S. Rep. John Conyers on a number of related topics. Woods questions Conyers on the changing focus of civil rights issues in the United States and efforts to win congressional approval for slavery reparations legislation. The interview offers valuable insights into the nation's shifting debate over civil rights issues at the turn of the century.