WGBH Openvault

Issue Is Race, The


Pat Bates & Sylvester Monroe - Chicago Segment

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

Issue Is Race, The
Program Description

This program is designed to help American voters make sense of what they hear - or don't hear - about race and poverty in the course of the 1992 presidential campaign. Phil Donahue hosts. The program was taped before a live audience September 20, 1992 and is presented in a town meeting format with a panel of distinguished journalists, policy makers, scholars, writers and activists who respond to a series of video essays (see below) and to audience questions. The panel includes Rebuild Los Angeles co-chair Peter Ueberroth, filmmaker Robert Townsend, Washington D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, playwright and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith, rap musician Sister Souljah, author Jonathan Kozol, psychiatrist Carl Bell, sociologist Harry Edwards, Baptist minister Buster Soaries, Boston University President John Silber and former Los Angeles gang members-turned-entrepreneurs "High T" and "Ra Ra." The setting is the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge, MA. The program is organized around the following four document essay's which all deal with rescuing our inner cities: "The Cost of Failure, The Benefit of Success," "The Case for Affirmative Action," "The Case for Self-Reliance," and "The Case for Multi-Racial Strategies."



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Town Hall Meeting
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Chicago: “Issue Is Race, The,” 09/14/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACD89241C23E4B86A5982ED345251EDA.
MLA: “Issue Is Race, The.” 09/14/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACD89241C23E4B86A5982ED345251EDA>.
APA: Issue Is Race, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACD89241C23E4B86A5982ED345251EDA
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.