Narrator, for the Sketches from Life slide show, provides biographical vignettes of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Rosa Parks, Maggie Lena Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Narration and music. Part of Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds Audiovisual Records. AV00310, AV003315, AV003383-1: same content. AV003315-1: narration until 001130, followed by static and beeps. AV003315-2: narration begins at 001234, preceded by static and beeps. AV003310: dated 19841031. AV003315 and AV003383: undated.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographs, artifacts, a slide show, and films form the exhibition - Black women: Achievements Against the Odds - that examines the contributions of 113 American black women in such areas as government, education, fine arts, civil rights, medicine, law, and industry. The women represent the world-famous as well as the little-known and include poet Phillis Wheatley, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Patricia Roberts Harris, educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, the first female editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review Clara Burrill Bruce, author Maya Angelou, sculptor Edmonia Lewis, and businesswoman Eartha M.M. White. The exhibition was created and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service; and it was on display at Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from February 8, 1976 - January 2, 1977 and October 21, 1984 - June 30, 1985.
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The struggle / L. Hughes (0:22) -- Field call / A.G.H. Dodson (1:15) -- Complaint call / E. Brown (0:40) -- Intro and Kneebone Bend / L. McKiver, D. Skipper (2:51) -- Brother Terrapin, slow train to Arkansas / R. Amerson (1:56) -- Jack and Mary and three dogs / J. Hunter (5:53) -- Buck dance / J. Tucker (1:19) -- I'm goin' up north / Children of East York School (1:22) -- Pharaoh's host got lost / L. McKiver (1:32) -- Bars fight / L. Terry (read by A. Bontemps) (1:23) -- Earl of Dartmouth / P. Wheatley (read by D.F. Washington) (0:49) -- I wonder where my brother gone / A.G.H. Dodson (1:17) -- Narrative / H. Tubman (read by D.F. Washington) (0:59) -- Speech at Akron Convention / S. Truth (read by R. Dee) (2:05) -- Singing slaves / F. Douglass (read by O. Davis) (1:03) -- Steal away to Jesus / K. West (1:50) -- What to the slave is the Fourth of July? / F. Douglass (read by O. Davis) (2:36) -- Why slavery is still rampant / S.P. Parker (read by R. Dee) (1:47) -- Free at last / D. Reed and V.H. Ward (1:33) -- When Malindy sings / P.L. Dunbar (read by M. Walker) (3:48) -- There's a great camp meeting / Fisk Jubilee Singers (2:01) -- Atlanta Exposition address / B.T. Washington (1:16) -- John Henry / B. McGhee and S. Terry (4:03) -- Banjo player / F. Johnson (read by A. Bontemps) (0:44) -- Boatman dance / E. Cotten (1:42) -- Shine / P. Randolph (1:03) -- Chopping in the new ground / Inmates of Ramsay or Retrieve State Farms, TX (1:37) -- Lynching, our national crime / I.B. Wells-Barnett (read by R. Dee) (3:43) -- A recorded autobiography / W.E.B. Du Bois (2:33) -- Listen Lord, a prayer / J.W. Johnson (read by M. Walker) (2:55) -- My heart is fixed / G. Davis (2:04) -- The Titanic / Lead Belly (4:04) -- Heritage / C. Cullen (2:58) -- Jungle drums / J.P. Johnson (2:32). No more auction block / P. Robeson (2:09) -- Negro speaks of rivers / L. Hughes (0:43) -- If we must die / C. McKay (0:57) -- Ma Rainey / S. Brown (2:06) -- Backwater blues / B.B. Broonzy (2:47) -- Married man blues / B. and D.D. Pierce (5:11) -- For my people / M. Walker (5:41) -- Children of the poor, sonnet 2 / G. Brooks (0:47) -- Body and soul / G. Nicholas (3:48) -- How He delivered me / J. Johnson & the Gospel Tones (2:39) -- Long distance call / M. Waters (6:58) -- Cry to me / S. Burke (2:13) -- Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around / SNCC Freedom Singers (2:31) -- Birmingham 1963 - Keep moving / M.L. King, Jr. (3:42) -- Black Panther Party platform / B. Seale (2:59) -- Interview (excerpt) / A. Davis (1:05) -- Together to the tune of Coltrane's "Equinox" / S.W. Fabio (1:40) -- Nikki-Rosa / N. Giovanni (1:12) -- Liberation/poem / S. Sanchez (0:34) -- Dope / A. Baraka (4:48) -- Village of Brooklyn, Illinois / H. Bluiett (3:30) -- For the poets / J. Cortez (3:56) -- Shotgun Joe / Golden Eagles (5:19) -- St. Louis woman / I. Reed (1:26) -- People everyday / Arrested Development (3:27).
101 The Struggle / Langston Hughes.
102 Field Call / Annie Grace Horn Dodson.
103 Complaint Call / Enoch Brown.
104 Intro and Knee Bend / Doretha Skipper, Lawrence McIver.
105 Brother Terrapin, Slow Train to Arkansas / Rich Amerson.
106 Jack and Mary and Three Dogs / Janie Hunter.
107 Buck Dance (excerpt) / Joech Tucker, Scott Dunbar.
108 I'm Goin' Up North / Children of East York School.
109 Pharaoh's Host Got Lost / Lawrence McIver.
110 Bar Fights / Arna Wendell Bontemps, Lucy Terry.
111 Earl of Dartmouth (excerpt) / Dorothy Washington, Phillis Wheatley.
112 I Wonder Where My Brother Gone / Annie Grace Horn Dodson.
114 Speech at Akron Convention / Ruby Dee, Sojourner Truth.
115 Singing Slaves / Frederick Douglass, Ossie Davis.
116 Steal Away to Jesus / Kinsey West.
117 What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (excerpt) / Frederick Douglass, Ossie Davis.
118 Why Slvery is Still Rampant (excerpt) / Ruby Dee, Sarah Parker Remond.
119 Free At Last / Dock Reed, Vera Hall.
120 When Malindy Sings / Margaret Walker, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
121 There's A Great Camp Meeting / Jubilee Singers, John W. (John Wesley) Work, Mary Ferguson.
122 Atlanta Exposition Address / Booker T. Washington.
123 John Henry / Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry.
124 Banjo Player / Arna Wendell Bontemps, Fenton Johnson.
125 Boatman Dance / Elizabeth Cotten.
126 Shine / Percy Randolph.
127 Chopping in the New Ground / Inmates of Ramsey or Retrieve.
128 Lynching, Our National Crime / Ruby Dee, Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
129 A Recorded Autobiography / Moses Asch, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) DuBois.
130 Listen Lord, A Prayer / Margaret Walker, James Weldon Johnson.
131 My Heart is Fixed / Gary Davis.
132 The Titanic / Lead Belly.
133 Heritage / Countee Cullen.
134 Jungle Drums / James P. (James Price) Johnson.
201 No More Auction Block / Paul Robeson.
202 The Negro Speaks of Rivers / Langston Hughes.
203 If We Must Die / Claude McKay.
204 Ma Rainey / Sterling Brown.
205 Backwater Blues / Bill Broonzy.
206 Married Man Blues / Billie Pierce, De De Pierce.
207 For My People / Margaret Walker.
208 The Children of the Poor, Sonnet 2 / Gwendolyn Brooks.
209 Body and Soul / David Jackson, Big Nick Nicholas, John Miller.
210 How He Delivered Me / Gospel Tones (Vocal group), Juanita Johnson.
211 Long Distance Calls / Otis Spann, Muddy Waters.
212 Cry To Me / Realtones, Marc Ribot, Solomon Burke.
213 Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around / Freedom Singers.
214 Birmingham 1963 - Keep Moving / Martin Luther, Jr. King.
215 Black Panther Party Platform / Bobby Seale.
216 Interview (excerpt) / Angela Yvonne Davis.
217 Together to the Tune of Coltrane's "Equinox" (excerpt) / Ronald Fabio, Sarah Webster Fabio, Wayne Wallace.
218 Nikki-Rosa / Nikki Giovanni.
219 liberation/poem / Sonia Sanchez.
220 Dope / Imamu Amiri Baraka.
221 The Village of Brooklyn, Illinois 62059 (excerpt) / Hamiet Bluiett.
222 For the Poets / Jayne Cortez.
223 Shotgun Joe / Golden Eagles (Musical group), Joseph Boudreaux.
224 St. Louis Woman / Ishmael Reed.
225 People Everyday / Arrested Development (Musical group).
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Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Folkways 2001
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Recorded in: Birmingham (Ala.), Albany (Ga.), Washington (D.C.), Texas, New Orleans (La.), Louisiana, Chapel Hill (N.C.), North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, New York, United States.
compiled, annotated and produced by Robert H. Cataliotti
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The collection, which dates from the 1980s and measures 1.42 linear feet, was compiled in the course of preparations for the "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds" exhibit, which was staged at the Anacostia Museum from February 1976 to December 1976. This collection documents the lives and achievements of African American women in a variety of fields, including law, medicine, education, politics, science and the arts. The collection is comprised of documents, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence, photocopies, brochures and pamphlets.
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