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Produced by:
St. Clair Bourne, American, 1943 - 2007  Search this
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970  Search this
William Greaves, American, 1926 - 2014  Search this
Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, born 1931  Search this
Subject of:
Dr. Betty Shabazz, American, 1934 - 1997  Search this
Malcolm X, American, 1925 - 1965  Search this
Harambee Singers, American, founded 1966  Search this
Bernice Johnson Reagon, American, born 1942  Search this
Interview of:
Howard Fuller, American, born 1941  Search this
Medium:
acetate film and metal
Dimensions:
Duration: 10 Minutes
Length (Film): 320 Feet
Type:
sound films
color films (visual works)
short subjects
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1969
Caption:
This 16mm film is a short documentary made for National Educational Television's Black Journal television program. Producer St. Clair Bourne chronicles the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University in Durham, North Carolina on October 25, 1969.
Description:
This 16mm color film is a short documentary subject made for National Educational Television's Black Journal television program. Producer St. Clair Bourne chronicles the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University in North Carolina. It consists of: a 16mm film (a), original 400 foot film reel (b), and original 400 foot film canister (c).
2012.79.1.68.1a: The film opens with a student meeting/rally at Duke University, in which one unidentified student speaker (male) states why they longer wish to participate in a system they don't believe speaks to the needs of African American college students. A male narrator begins to speak, explaining what the Black Student Movement at Duke University was and how it originated and morphed into a separate institution. An interview with Howard Fuller begins to play, and he expresses why he doesn't believe in institutionalized black studies programs. Footage of him announcing the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University begins to play, and is followed by clips of the opening celebratory parade and rally. The narrator describes the new university's proposed curriculum and study abroad program in Africa. Howard Fuller addressed the crowd by reading a statement from Stokely Carmichael, and introduced guest speaker Betty Shabazz. During her speech, white train workers in a nearby train yard rang a train car bell to interrupt her speech. A visiting professor who was in attendance climbed on top of the train car and silenced the bell so Betty Shabazz could finish her speech. A small group of women sing "The Black Magician" onstage. Courtland Cox, a representative from Malcolm X Liberation University's sister school in Washington, DC, closed the ceremony. The film ends with an interview with Howard Fuller speaking on the role of Malcolm X Liberation University can and hopes to play in the black liberation struggle.
2012.79.1.68.1b: Original 400 foot film reel.
2012.79.1.68.1c: Original 400 foot film canister. The metal can has a sticker label from a film distribution company with the name of film.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Film  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
2012.79.1.68.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
© National Educational Television
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Exhibition:
A Century in the Making
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse, C X06
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ff49a8a3-10f3-473a-8719-85e8e5f89db0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.79.1.68.1abc