I really couldn’t think out a better title for this entry. I figure the content would hopefully speak for itself.

Boston public television producer Henry Morgenthau III’s “The Negro and the American Promise,” featuring interviews with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin, made headlines in spring 1963. The program aired in a climate of racial conflict, just months after Alabama governor
George Wallace’s defiant support of “segregation forever,” and before the March on Washington.

The New York Times described the James Baldwin segment as “a television experience that seared the conscience.” A viewer wrote of the Malcolm X segment that he was shocked “that such a blatant display of racial prejudice could be aired.” Read other viewer reactions in primary sources.

Screen interviews from “The Negro and the American Promise,” produced by Boston public television station WGBH in 1963.

Dr. Kenneth Clark
Dr. Martin Luther King
Malcolm X
James Baldwin

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