Black Journal conducts a live 90-minute special framed around the crucial question of whether the physical and cultural survival of Black people in America is possible. The episode brings together foremost Black spokesmen representing a variety of perspectives and organizations, from black nationalists to Black moderates, who answer queries from the national Black community via a system of regional phone-in centers at PBS affiliates. Asking the question "Is It Too Late?", Black Journal surveys the attitudes of Black Americans towards politics, integration, segregation, self-determination, economics, education, movements, leaders, and leadership. The participants, who, in addition to answering queries, each make statements, are: Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Dr. James Cheek, Rev. Albert Cleage, Rep. Ronald Dellums (D-California), The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Dick Gregory, Dorothy Height, Vernon Jordan, and Dr. John Morsell.