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Basic Black; Black Heroes and Icons


CC Master Black Heroes and Icons Show #3909 Tape Date: 1/7/2008 Broadcast Date: 1/17/2008 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Black Heroes and Icons
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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The name of Martin Luther King Jr. has become synonymous with the civil rights movement. "It's amazing that King is trotted out in the post-civil rights movement and all we hear is 'content of character,'" says Davarian Baldwin, associate professor of African American history at Boston College. In order to appreciate the full value of King's legacy, Baldwin says, commemorations of him need to remember everything that he stood for. Reverend Dale P. Andrews, the Martin Luther King Jr. professor of practical theology at Boston University, agrees. "There's an advantage to having icons, and there's a risk even to being iconoclastic," he says. "How much humanness becomes a problem in that it becomes such the center of our focus."

In this episode of Basic Black, Andrews and Baldwin join host Kim McLarin in a discussion about the power of myth, exploring the question of how to commemorate our heroes and icons without mythologizing them.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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