Black Journal: Episode 13(1969) [Black Farmers, Karate & Huey P Newton]


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A report on the Black Panther party in Oakland, California, featuring a behind-bars interview with Huey Newton while he awaits trial. Newton, who has since been convicted of manslaughter for the shooting of a policeman, discusses his efforts in helping to found the party and defines its goals. Also interviewed is Panther chairman Bobby Seale.

Folksinger Leon Bibb's insight into children's games, noting regional differences in their language and meaning.

The semantics of color, as seen by nightclub singer and pianist George Taylor. It examines how the language has served to derogate the black man with such references as "a black mark."

The growth of a Louisiana cooperative, organized as a farming enterprise by Father McKnight, a black parish priest. The cooperative has now taken on a manufacturing function as well and provides candy to Barricini's and other large chains.

A choreographed exercise in karate by an expert who incorporates modern dance into this athletic ritual.

The dilemma of the black policeman in a daily conflict between duty and race. New York patrolman Dave Walker typifies this dilemma with his refusal to be "judge, jury, and executioner" by shooting a looter fleeing with a case of beer. Also interviewed on the segment are two high-ranking black policemen, Deputy Inspector Arthur C. Hill of New York and Lt. Edward C. Henry of Los Angeles and a Los Angeles patrolman, Harrison Bailey.

Black Journal began as a monthly series produced for, about, and - to a large extent - by black Americans, which used the magazine format to report on relevant issues to black Americans.
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