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Say Brother; Elma Lewis - Black Poetry for Children; Elma Lewis reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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01/30/1975

In this clip Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar to a group of children and then asks them what they think the poem means. Overall the program is divided into two halves: the first featuring a 30-minute in-studio poetry reading by Elma Lewis, the second of magazine-style segments. Elma Lewis, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, seated with children around her, talks about what poetry is, what a poem can make you feel, and why people used to write in rhymes. Lewis focuses on two African American poets, Langston Hughes (who is "of this time") and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and reads selections from each. The second half contains the following segments: a mime performance by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) titled "The Writer," "Access" (with A.D. Saunders, who describes the Boston Jazz Society), "The Word" (with professor and historian A.B. Spellman, who comments on Black History Week), the "Community Calendar," "Information" (on Minority Recruitment Month for the Peace Corps), and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Original air date estimated. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Elma Lewis - Black Poetry for Children
Program Number

417

Title

Elma Lewis reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Spellman, A. B., 1935-
African American poets
African American women
Lewis, Elma
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Peace Corps (U.S.)
African American children
Oral interpretation of poetry
Poetry and children
Poetry
Boston Jazz Society (Boston, Mass.)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Community Coordinator)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Farrier, Stephen (Community Coordinator)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Elma Lewis - Black Poetry for Children; Elma Lewis reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar,” 01/30/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D1EC5B0C3A14505AF6F0C04AACD80CD.
MLA: “Say Brother; Elma Lewis - Black Poetry for Children; Elma Lewis reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar.” 01/30/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D1EC5B0C3A14505AF6F0C04AACD80CD>.
APA: Say Brother; Elma Lewis - Black Poetry for Children; Elma Lewis reads the poem "Sympathy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5D1EC5B0C3A14505AF6F0C04AACD80CD
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