Harlem, New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
September 11, 1968
B-roll film of a segment of "Episode 4" of Black Journal, the National Education Television (NET) television program.
It consists of a 16mm acetate film strip (2012.79.1.87.1a) with perforations running along one edge, frames in the middle and a bi-lateral optical sound track running along the right edge. The film opens with Karate Master John Blair leading a class. Blair himself is dressed in black karate gi, while the students are dressed in casual wear. At one point, Blair closes his eyes and recites, “I will know who I am. I will keep my mouth shut. I will practice every day. I will respect myself. I will respect other men.” The students repeat each sentence.
In another scene, which takes place in a blue room, Blair plays a guitar alongside a jazz band. Karate master, Ronald Taganashi, warms up by doing a kata choreography while the band plays in the background; the band improvises to Taganashi’s moves. Moments later, Blair joins Taganashi and both engage in kumite as the band improvises to their moves.
An original metal reel (2012.79.1.87.1b) and metal film canister (2012.79.1.87.1c) also accompany the film strip. One side of the canister has two labels: the first has [NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION] printed on the top, and the second has [CHAMBA EDUCATIONAL FILMS] printed on it. The other side of the canister features a blue, beige and white label, [CHAMBA EDUCATIONAL / FILM SERVICES] is printed on the top and below [“KARATE” / B. Roll / ControL] is handwritten in ink.