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The Black Media Archive (BMA) is a multimedia collection of African and African-American history, including speeches, interviews, archival video, movies, music and more. Since 2006, it has existed for educational and cultural exploration as a central resource of black history in multimedia formats.

The Black Media Archive (BMA) is a multimedia collection of African and African-American history, including speeches, interviews, archival video, movies, music and more. Since 2006, it has existed for educational and cultural exploration as a central resource of black history in multimedia formats.
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The Black Media Archive (BMA) is a multimedia collection of African and African-American history, including speeches, interviews, archival video, movies, music and more. Since 2006, it has existed for educational and cultural exploration as a central resource of black history in multimedia formats.

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English


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Episode 331: "AFRS Jubilee!"

6/12/2013
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As part of its innovative program schedule to meet the entertainment needs of American soldiers serving in World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Show (AFRS) developed "the Jubilee!", an all-black variety show employing the most famous musicians and comedians of the time. This particular show was broadcast on July 16, 1945 and features Count Basie, Eddie Green, Hattie McDaniel, Ernest Whitman and the King Sisters.

Duration: 00:29:39


Episode 330: "AFRS Jubilee!"

6/3/2013
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As part of its innovative program schedule to meet the entertainment needs of American soldiers serving in World War II, the Armed Forces Radio Show (AFRS) developed "the Jubilee!", an all-black variety show employing the most famous musicians and comedians of the time. This particular show was broadcast on November 8, 1943 and features Louis Jordan and his Tympany 5 Orchestra, Nat Cole and the King Cole trio, and Ida James.

Duration: 00:30:26


Episode 326: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/21/2013
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Happy Martin Luther King Day! On June 5, 1966, Dr. King delivered this sermon on the subject of "Guidelines for a Constructive Church" at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Duration: 00:24:31


Episode 324: Mary McLeod Bethune

10/24/2012
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On November 23, 1939, Mary McLeod Bethune - a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and a director of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Office of Minority Affairs in the National Youth Administration - took part in a panel discussion as part of NBC radio's weekly public affairs broadcast "America's Town Meeting of the Air". The panelists addressed the question, "What does American democracy mean to me?" With her Victorian elocution and a thunderous tone, Bethune reminded her listeners that...

Duration: 00:05:52


Episode 322: Rev. Jeremiah Wright

9/27/2012
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In this episode, Reverend Jeremiah Wright delivers a sermon titled "How God Uses Music". This sermon was devilered in 2006 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Duration: 00:26:24


Episode 321: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

9/11/2012
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On May 17, 1957 in Washington, D.C. hoping to prod the federal government to fulfill the promise of the three-year-old Brown v. Board of Education decision, national civil rights leaders called for a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Speaking last, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave this speech titled "Give Us the Ballot".

Duration: 00:22:29


Episode 316: Washboard Sam and His Washboard Band

6/2/2012
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Washboard Sam (Robert Brown) and his Washboard Band perform "Just Got To Hold You" and "Yes I Got Your Woman" in this recording made in Chicago on August 5, 1940. From the original 78rpm disk.

Duration: 00:05:35


Episode 313: "St. James Infirmary"

4/23/2012
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This episode is a recording of the song "St. James Infirmary" recorded in 1930 by the Harlem Hot Chocolates, directed by Duke Ellington. This particular recording was taken from a cardboard record.

Duration: 00:02:42


Episode 311: "Sightseeing Boogie"

3/26/2012
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In this episode Slim Gaillard and his Boogiereeners (consisting of two pianos and bass) wander around Harlem doing what can only be described as a rap in this recording of "Sightseeing Boogie" dating from September 1945.

Duration: 00:02:55


Episode 308: Rev. J. M. Gates

3/6/2012
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This episode is a recording from the original 78rpm disk. Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rock Dale Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. J.M. Gates and congregation perform a "sermon with singing" on the theme "Death's Black Train Is Coming", recorded April 24, 1926.

Duration: 00:03:18


Episode 307: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

2/28/2012
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This episode is a collection of two recording by Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Dependable Boys and Sam Price. The first song is "The Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race" and the second is "Down By the River Side" both recorded on December 2, 1948.

Duration: 00:05:09


Episode 306: Reverend Peter J. Gomes

2/22/2012
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This episode is a sermon delivered by Reverend Peter J. Gomes at the Memorial Church at Harvard University on Sunday, February 25, 2007 to mark the first Sunday in Lent. In this sermon, Rev. Gomes addressed the subject "Lenten Lessons from Luke: When Opportunity Strikes".

Duration: 00:29:58


Episode 298: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

10/19/2011
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In memory of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, who passed away on October 5, 2011, this episode is a lecture he gave in which he discusses his faith and its role in his life's work of activism in the struggle for civil rights. Although it is believed to be relatively recent, the exact date and location of this recording is unknown. This recording was made by Bill Holiday.

Duration: 00:36:37


Episode 294: "The Negro in American Culture"

9/28/2011
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This episode is a segment from an outstanding panel on Black perceptions of the American setting in art, mainly literature and drama, featuring James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry and Emile Capouya, and Alfred Kazin. Hansberry excoriates the "arbitrary and superficial approach to Negro character of white writers." Baldwin describes his sense of the polarity between being a writer and a Black American in a "state of rage." Poet Hughes explains himself boldly as a...

Duration: 00:25:21


Episode 292: Rev. Jeremiah Wright

9/11/2011
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This episode is the sermon given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright after September 11 titled, "The Day of Jerusalem's Fall". This sermon was devilered on September 16, 2001 in Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.

Duration: 00:36:03


Episode 291: "Move On Up a Little Higher"

9/7/2011
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This episode is a recording of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson singing "Move On Up a Little Higher", recorded September 12, 1947 in New York accompanied by Mildred Falls on piano and Herbert James Francis on organ. Released in early 1948, the single became the best-selling gospel record of all time, selling eight milion copies - such great quantities that stores could not even meet the demand.

Duration: 00:05:32


Episode 290: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8/29/2011
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On April 9, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this inspiring sermon at New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois titled "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life".

Duration: 00:40:37


Episode 283: "I Must Have That Man" and "God Bless the Child"

6/25/2011
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This episode is two separate recordings of jazz icon Billie Holiday, first performing "I Must Have That Man" with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra (recorded January 25, 1937) in New York. The second recording is the classic "God Bless the Child".

Duration: 00:05:59


Episode 282: "Makin' Whoopee"

6/21/2011
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This episode is a recording of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald performing the song "Makin' Whoopee" (1959).

Duration: 00:03:53


Episode 281: "Trouble Trouble"

6/18/2011
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This episode is a recording of jazz vocalist Betty Roche, who began her career by winning an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, performing "Trouble Trouble."

Duration: 00:05:43

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