Shows Airing From 1980s

Ossie Davis (1980)

Ossie Davis Guests: Ossie Davis
Host : Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
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.

Black Art: Yesterday and Today (1980)

Guests: Adolphus Ealey
Host : Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: This show is an interview with Adolphus Ealey, the director of the Barnett-Aden Gallery, about the role black art has played in history. Adolphus Ealey is also an artist himself, and a lecturer.

To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another (1980)

To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another Guests: Lena Horne, Nikki Giovanni
Host : Gene Elzy
Producer : Alfa Harrison, Deborah Ray
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.

Stevie Wonder: A Motown Legacy (1980)

Stevie Wonder: A Motown Legacy Guests: Ted Hull, Ester Gordy Edwards, Stevie Wonder
Host : Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: This program, from very early in 1980, is an exploration of the career and music of Stevie Wonder, who joined Motown Records at age 12 and soon became one of the record label's most popular and successful recording stars.

The Harlem Dance Theater (1980)

Guests: Arthur Mitchell
Host : Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: This upbeat show includes scenes of dancing at the Harlem Dance Theater, an interview with Arthur Mitchell, the dance director for the Theater, and footage of Arthur Mitchell teaching an audience about dance.

Rock, Radio, and Racism, part 2 (February 15, 1980)

Guests: Pat Holliday, Brian Sheffield, Larry Strauss, Fred Jacobs, Miller (voice only) London

Description: This show looks at racism in the music industry, mostly focusing on Detroit radio stations.

Guests include Pat Holliday, radio personality from CKLW; Brian Sheffield, a manager and promoter; attorney Larry Strauss; Fred Jacobs, program director for WRIF; and over the phone Miller London, vice president of sales for Motown Records. There are also appearances by various other artists and radio personnel that are not named.

Sun Ra (1981)

Sun Ra Guests: Sun Ra
Host : Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: Sun Ra captured almost as much attention for his outlandish costumes and strange philosophical pronouncements as for his innovative jazz compositions. But it was his advocacy of "free jazz" and his early use of electronic synthesizers that inspired and influenced a wide array of other jazz musicians.

Dick Gregory (1981)

Dick Gregory Guests: Dick Gregory, Barbra Tracey
Host : Paul Clements
Producer : Deborah Ray
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.

A Gospel Tribute (December 1981)

Guests: Mattie Moss Clark, Clark Sisters, Timothy Wright Choir, Sara Jordan Powell, Rance Allen Group, Michigan State Community Choir
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: This show is performances by and interviews with gospel singers and groups.

Guests include Mattie Moss Clark, a singer and songwriter who teaches at the Conservatory of Music; Timothy Wright of the Timothy Wright Choir; gospel singer Sara Jordan Powell, who has also worked in academia; Rance Allen of the Rance Allen Group. There are also performances by the Michigan State Community Choir and the Clark Sisters.

Through the Artist Eyes (1981)

Guests: Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts
Host : Deborah Ray

Description: This show is a special showcasing black artists, including Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts.

Generation of Resistance (1982)

Guests: Mangedwa C. Nyathi, Selby Msimang, Peter Mda, Elizabeth Mafekeng, Elias Ntloedibe, Lanford Ganyile, Mac Maharaj, Joe Gqabi, Harry Nengwekhulu, Don Ngubeni, William Leslie
Host : Motlatsi Motsoasele
Producer : Peter Davis, Deborah Ray
Description: This show is a documentary-style special about the struggle against apartheid in South Africa through time. There are appearances by apartheid political activists Selby Msimang, Peter Mda, Elizabeth Mafekeng, Ganyile Lanford, Mac Maharaj, Joe Gqabi, Harry Nengwekhulu, and William Leslie; Reverend Mangedwa C. Nyathi of Hartford Avenue Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit; and author Elias Ntloedibe.

Image Makers (1982)

Guests: Esther Rolle, Topper Carew, Kamal Amen Ra
Producer : Deborah Ray
Description: This show is about the images people present of themselves, focusing on the guests, their beliefs, and how they present themselves to reflect those beliefs.

Guests include actress Esther Rolle (most famous for her roles in "Maude" and "Good Times"); Topper Carew, the president of Rainbow Television Workshop; and African drummer, Kamal Amen Ra.

Public Education: A Community Crisis (1983)

Guests: Arthur Jefferson, Helen Moore, Stuart Rankin, Marvin Green, John Elliott, Queen Lourdmon, Freddie Carter, Adrienne Bailey, Clara Futherford, William Pappas, Mary Futrell, Emeral Crosby, Donald Johnson, Patrick Drummond, Nancy Boykin, James Bannon, Mount V. Allen, Anita Poseu
Host : Ben Frazier
Producer : Ed Gordon
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 Futherford, 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.

Upon This Rock (1983)

Guests: Charles Butler, Jim Holley, Imam Saleem Amir Rahman, Charles Adams, Woodrow Smith, John W. Peoples, James Robinson
Host : Ben Frazier
Producer : Juanita Anderson
Description: This show looks at the black religious experience in America and Detroit. There are a few musical performances.
Guests include Reverend Charles Butler of New Calvary Baptist Church; Reverend Jim Holley of Little Rock Baptist Church; Imam Saleem Amir Rahman of Masjid Wali Muhammad; Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Bishop Woodrow Smith of Shrine of the Black Madonna; Councilman John W. Peoples, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church; and Father James Robinson of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.

Detroit School Board (1984)

Detroit School Board Guests: Clara Rutherford, Alonzo Bates
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Bob Rossbach, Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
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 (1984)

Reverend Franklin 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
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 (1985)

Teen Gang Violence 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.

Blacks In Corporate America (1985)

Blacks In Corporate America Guests: Levi Jackson, Dr. Robert Newby, John Blunt, Michael Carr, Robert Hill
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This hour-long program from 1985 examines the status of African Americans in America's corporate world, in particular, the barriers that prevent black executives from advancing into the upper levels of corporate management.

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
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.

Bill Lucas (September 29, 1986)

Guests: William Lucas
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Description: This show is an interview with Wayne County executive William Lucas about running for governor.

Financial Planning (May 19, 1986)

Guests: Keith Mason
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Description: This show is about financial planning, addressing the lack of understanding on the topic for many. The guest is Keith Mason, a financial planner for IDS American Express Financial Services.

James Blanchard (October 13, 1986)

Guests: James Blanchard
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carole Gibson
Description: This show is an interview with governor James Blanchard.

Joe Madison (December 22, 1986)

Guests: Joe Madison
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is an interview with radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison about his proposal to start a new civil rights organization and his criticism of Coleman Young. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Interracial Marriage (1986)

Guests: Bob McClary, Pat McClary, Bill Mayweather, Candace Spaulding
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
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.

Desmond Tutu (January 15, 1986)

Desmond Tutu Guests: Desmond Tutu
Host : Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Producer : Ed Gordon, Deborah Mim, Carole Gibson, Leslie Paige, Dianne Hudson, Darryl Wood, Bill Page
Description: In this live broadcast on January 15, 1986, special guest host Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviewed Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Bishop Tutu was visiting the United States to rally American opposition to the South African system of apartheid.

Dave Bing and Earl Graves (1986)

Dave Bing and Earl Graves 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.

Black Relationships I (1986)

Black Relationships I 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 (1986)

Black Relationships II 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.

Black Reporters (June 1986)

Black Reporters 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.

Dearborn Boycott 1986 (1986)

Dearborn Boycott 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.

White Power (1986)

White Power 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.

Marie Farrell Donaldson (June 1986)

Marie Farrell Donaldson 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.

Jesse Jackson (1) (1986)

Jesse Jackson (1) Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carol Gibson
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.)

Cocaine and Crack (May 5, 1986)

Guests: Mary Bridges, Dennis Counts, Albert Lloyd
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
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 Paraphernalia Ban (July 21, 1986)

Guests: Nicholas Jr. Hood, Al Jawad, Imam Abdullah El-Amin
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
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.

Jesse Jackson (2) (1986)

Jesse Jackson (2) Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carole Gibson
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.

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
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.

Teen Violence (November 3, 1986)

Guests: Elizabeth Hood, Charles Harper, Hartford Smith, Susan Watson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
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
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.

Dropout Show (1986)

Guests: Arthur Jefferson, Carmen Harlan, Tom Seabron, Greg Reed
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
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.

Drug Business (May 12, 1986)

Guests: Joel Gilliam, Ed Bell, Ken Walton
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
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.

Arthur Johnson (December 15, 1986)

Guests: Arthur Johnson
Host : Ed Gordon

Description: This show is an interview with Arthur Johnson about his election to the presidency of the Detroit NAACP and the direction he plans on leading the NAACP.

Blacks and the Constitution (June 15, 1987)

Guests: Dennis Archer, Harold Norris, Avern Cohn, Charles Wright, Susan Watson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is about the relevance of the constitution to blacks because they were still in slavery at the time it was written. Includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests are Dennis Archer, then a Michigan Supreme Court Justice; the founder of the Museum of African American History, Dr. Charles Wright; Professor Harold Norris from the Detroit College of Law; and Judge Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court.

Blacks in Sports (June 8, 1987)

Guests: Earl Lloyd, Joe Lapointe, Mel Farr, Gates Brown
Host : Ed Gordon,
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is about racism in sports. Guests include Mel Farr, a former player for the Detroit Lions; Gates Brown, a former player for the Detroit Tigers; Earl Lloyd, former coach of the Detroit Pistons; and over the phone, Joe Lapointe, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.

Urban League (November 16, 1987)

Guests: Charles Anderson, Claud Young
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is about the effectiveness of Southern Christian Leadership Conference and National Urban League in the civil rights struggle of the 1980's. Guests include Charles Anderson, president of the Detroit Urban League; and Dr. Claud Young, president of Michigan SCLC.

School Crisis (1987)

School Crisis Guests: Teola Canty, George Vaughn, Arthur Jefferson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Housing Discrimination (October 19, 1987)

Guests: Sue Alexander, Marvin Thomas, Jeff McCall
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
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.

Levert-Gordon-Levert (June 17, 1987)

Guests: Gerald Levert, Sean Levert, Marc Gordon
Host : Ed Gordon

Description: This show is an interview with the musical group, Levert.

Natalie Cole (November 9, 1987)

Guests: Natalie Cole
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is an interview with singer and songwriter, Natalie Cole.

Radio Personnel (June 1, 1987)

Guests: Jay Butler, Clarence Rome, Steve Williams, John Mason
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is about the importance of music and radio in the black community.
Guests include radio disc jockeys John Mason, WJLB; Jay Butler, WQBH; Clarence "Foody" Rome, WGPR; and Steve Williams, WJZZ.

Recall (October 26, 1987)

Guests: Mzee Nabwi, Jessie M. Dillard, George Vaughn, Kay Everett
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
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.

School Strike (September 14, 1987)

Guests: Mary Blackmon, Sarah Burkhalter, Edmund Millet
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
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.

The Winans (May 11, 1987)

Guests: Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Ronald Winans, Carvin Winans
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is an interview and performance by the Winans brothers. The Winans are a Grammy award winning gospel group.

Strategic Plan (November 23, 1987)

Guests: Erma Henderson, Arthur Johnson, Jim Holley
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Psychological Slavery (1987)

Psychological Slavery 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.

Black Vietnam Vets (June 29, 1987)

Guests: Von Washington, Mike Bethune, Liz Allen
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show looks at issues of blacks in the Vietnam war and how black Vietnam veterans were portrayed in current movies of the time.

Guests include Von Washington, Mike Bethune, and Liz Allen, all Vietnam veterans.

Julian Bond (1987)

Julian Bond Guests: Julian Bond
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This program, in which host Ed Gordon interviews civil rights leader and former Georgia state legislator Julian Bond, was broadcast in January 1987 on the national observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Miki Howard (November 2, 1987)

Guests: Miki Howard
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is about singer/actress Miki Howard, her life, and music.

AIDS (March 30, 1987)

Guests: Melinda Love, Scott Walton, Susan Watson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Motown Records (February 2, 1987)

Guests: Earl Van Dyke, Thomas Bowles
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Description: This show is about motown records. Guests include Earl Van Dyke, a keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band and for other famous performers (Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, etc), as well as a soloist; and Thomas Bowles, a Motown saxophonist and leader of the Swinging Dashikis, a band that played back up for Motown acts.

Teenage Pregnancy (February 9, 1987)

Guests: Emily Palmer, Richard Smith, Joyce Freeman, Robert Marshall
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
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.

Casino Gambling (June 13, 1988)

Guests: Lawrence Doss, Helen Kelly, Keith Butler, Michael Jefferson
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Caucus Review (March 28, 1988)

Guests: Jack Casey, Kenneth Hill, Remer Tyson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is about Jesse Jackson winning the caucus vote and whether blacks in general can be elected for such positions as presidency despite racism.
Guests include political analyst Jack Casey; Dr. Kenneth Hill, a professor at Wayne State University; and Remer Tyson, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.

Entrepreneurship (June 6, 1988)

Guests: Porterfield Wilson, Sampson Mathews, Gerald Davis, Ed Vaughn, Larry Mongo, Thomas Hutcherson, Charles W. Butler
Host : Ed Gordon

Description: This show is about relationships between black consumers and entrepreneurs. It begins with a recording of a speech by entrepreneur Porterfield Wilson, and comments from Reverend Sampson Mathews of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, and Gerald Davis of the Thursday Luncheon Group.

Guests include Ed Vaughn, president of the Thursday Luncheon Group and executive assistant to mayor Coleman Young; Thomas Hutcherson, vice president of the Booker T. Washington Association; Larry Mongo, a Detroit businessman; and Reverend Charles W. Butler, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors.

Black Folks (January 4, 1988)

Guests: John Conyers, Joe Wilson
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is about the ramifications of recent massive GM layoffs for Detroit.
Guests include congressmen John Conyers; and Joe Wilson, the president of UAW local 15, who was recently laid off.

1963 Civil Rights March (June 20, 1988)

Guests: William Ardrey, Edwina Pinson, Mel Ravitz, Maryann Mahaffey, Ken Cockrel, Ruby Turner, Nicholas Hood, William Anderson, James Del Rio, Tony Brown, Claud Young
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Carole Gibson
Description: This show is about the march in Detroit with Martin Luther King Jr. 25 years earlier. There are clips of interviews with people who were there, including Reverend William Ardrey of St. Paul AME Zion Church; Reverend Edwina Pinson of West Side Unity Church; Mel Ravitz and Maryann Mahaffey from Detroit City Council; attorney Ken Cockrel; and Ruby Turner, former religion writer for Pittsburgh Courier.

Guests are Dr. Claud Young, president of the Michigan chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; councilman Nicholas Hood, who was active in the 1963 march; civil rights activist Dr. William Anderson; and by phone, Judge James Del Rio and Tony Brown, organizers of the 1963 march.

Black Health Care (February 15, 1988)

Guests: Charles Vincent, John Waller, Jacqueline Flowers Lee
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Best of Show (1988)

Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is an end-of -year special, featuring clips from the show throughout 1987.

Najee (1988)

Guests: Najee
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Description: This show is an interview with Najee, a jazz artist who plays saxophones and flutes, and just had his first gold album. The show also includes clips from some of his music videos.

Crack Continues (February 29, 1988)

Guests: Ron Lockett, Jacqueline Morrison, Nathaniel Topp
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Racism (February 1, 1988)

Guests: Derwin Success, Keith Molin, Tracye Matthews, Joe Madison
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show is about growing racism problems in the area and nationally. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests are Dr. Derwin Success, whose home was recently defaced with racial slanders and threatening messages; Keith Molin, the director of communications for the University of Michigan which has been a site of on-going racial problems; Tracye Matthews of the United Coalition Against Racism; and Joe Madison, chairman of the Michigan Leadership Conference.

Headlines (February 22, 1988)

Guests: Chauncey Bailey, Cliff Russell, Steve Crump
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Description: This show looks at headlines in Detroit over the weeks before the show and how they affect black people in Detroit.

Guests include Chauncey Bailey, reporter for the Detroit News; Cliff Russell of WWJ radio; and Steve Crump, at the time a reporter for WJBK TV.

Airplane Pyramid Scheme (June 27, 1988)

Guests: Susan Watson, Richard Smart, Robert McTyre
Host : Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
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.

Bill Johnson/Danton Wilson (July 17, 1989)

Guests: Bill Johnson, Danton Wilson
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
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.

Saunders, Black, Russell (July 24, 1989)

Guests: Nelson Saunders, Bill Black, Cliff Russell
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about how the mayoral race is shaping up.
Guests are state representative Nelson Saunders; reporter Bill Black of WJR radio; and reporter Cliff Russell of WWJ radio.

Kenny Cockrel (1989)

Kenny Cockrel 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.

Rich-Johnson (October 16, 1989)

Guests: Wilbur Rich, Bill Johnson
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about political endorsements, and how they influence votes. Guests are Professor Wilbur Rich, who teaches political science at Wayne State University; and Bill Johnson from the editorial board of the Detroit News and former campaign strategist.

Erma Henderson (1989)

Erma Henderson Guests: Erma Henderson
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Trudy Gallant
Description: This program, originally broadcast in late 1989, consists of an interview by Trudy Gallant of Detroit City Council President Erma Henderson. At the time, Henderson was preparing to leave the council after her fourth term. Henderson, who was the first black woman elected to the council and the first black person to serve as the council's president, had passed up an opportunity to run for reelection to the council to make an unsuccessful bid to be elected mayor.

State of Black America (January 1989)

State of Black America 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.

Joe Clark (1989)

Joe Clark 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.

The Endangered Black Family (1989)

The Endangered Black Family 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.

Old Hastings Street (1989)

Old Hastings Street 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.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1989)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee 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.

Motown Revue Reunion (1989)

Motown Revue Reunion Guests: Johnny Bristol, Sylvia Moy, Ian Levine, the Satintone, the Velvelettes
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In 1989, a British record producer who had grown up listening to the hits of Detroit's Motown Records during the 1960s decided to bring together many of the old groups together for to make a series of new recordings. In this program, host Trudy Gallant interviews the producer, Ian Levine, and two of the former Motown songwriters - Sylvia Moy and Johnny Bristol - who were involved in the new project.

Nigeria (October 31, 1989)

Guests: Sadiq Mohamed, Dean Johnson
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about Nigeria and American trade opportunities there. Michigan opened an African trade office in Nigeria in the previous year, and set record sales, prompting the discussion topic.

Guests are Sadiq Mohamed, the deputy minister of the Nigerian Ministry of Trade; and Dean Johnson, of the Michigan Export Development Authority.

Tom Barrow (1989)

Guests: Tom Barrow
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is an interview with accountant Tom Barrow who was running against current mayor, Coleman Young, for his position.

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
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.

University Programs (1989)

Guests: Darrell Dawsey, Mikal Ansari, Leigh Smith, Michael Goodin, Robert Lasker
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
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.

Special on Schools (February 27, 1989)

Guests: Frank Hayden, Zodie Johnson, David Olmstead, Evelyn Crane
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
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.