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Basic Black
Hampton Legacy, The
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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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Henry Hampton, Blackside, filmmaker BASIC BLACK presents a retrospective look at the life and achievements of documentary filmmaker Henry Hampton (1940–1998). The Hampton Legacy, which originally aired on SAY BROTHER in 1995, follows the broadcast of I’ll Make Me A World, the latest documentary series from Hampton’s Blackside, Inc.

With archival footage and one-on-one interviews, BASIC BLACK charts The Hampton Legacy from Hampton’s early years in segregated St. Louis in the 1950s to his work as president and executive producer of Boston’s Blackside, Inc.

Since founding Blackside, Inc. in 1968, Hampton produced or was responsible for more than 60 major films and media projects, notably Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning 14-hour public broadcasting series on America’s civil rights movement. In addition to Eyes of the Prize I and II, Hampton was the creative force behind The Great Depression, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, American’s War on Poverty, Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America, and the upcoming I’ll Make Me A World: A Century of African American Arts.

BASIC BLACK turns the camera on Hampton to learn how his early days as a boy with polio in St. Louis, his work with the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the civil rights movement shaped his career.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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