WGBH Openvault

Basic Black; Droppin' Knowledge: Science & Students of Color


CLOSED CAPTIONED MASTER DROPPIN’ KNOWLEDGE: SCIENCE & STUDENTS OF COLOR Show#3814 Air Date: 04/26/2007 Producer: Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Basic Black
Droppin' Knowledge: Science & Students of Color
Program Number


Series Description

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

Program Description

Black innovators have a rich history in science. Among them are the creators of the traffic signal, the blood bank, and fire fighting foam. Today, however, the future of blacks in science is at risk.

At the professional level, blacks are among the least represented in the science professions.

In this episode of Basic Black, Spicer and Carter as well as Patrick Gordon, a chemistry lecturer at Simmons College in Boston, join guest host Howard Manly in a discussion about ways of engaging students of color in science and the impact of increasing diversity in the profession.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Basic Black; Droppin' Knowledge: Science & Students of Color,” 04/26/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DFBBEE0CC0C436682134FCD06CEA18E.
MLA: “Basic Black; Droppin' Knowledge: Science & Students of Color.” 04/26/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 16, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DFBBEE0CC0C436682134FCD06CEA18E>.
APA: Basic Black; Droppin' Knowledge: Science & Students of Color. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DFBBEE0CC0C436682134FCD06CEA18E
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.