Malcolm X Liberation University (Black Journal segment)

Produced by
Bourne, St. Clair, American, 1943 - 2007
National Educational Television, American, 1954 - 1970
Greaves, William, American, 1926 - 2014
Owned by
Bowser, Pearl, American, born 1931
Subject of
Dr. Shabazz, Betty, American, 1934 - 1997
X, Malcolm, American, 1925 - 1965
Interview of
Fuller, Howard, American, born 1941
Subject of
Harambee Singers, American, founded 1966
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, American, born 1942
Date
1969
On View
Concourse, C X06
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
A Century in the Making
Medium
acetate film and metal
Dimensions
Duration: 10 Minutes
Length (Film): 320 Feet
Title
16mm motion picture of Malcolm X Liberation University [Black Journal segment]
Caption
This 16mm film is a short documentary made for National Educational Television's Black Journal television program. Producer St. Clair Bourne chronicles the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University in Durham, North Carolina on October 25, 1969.
Description
This 16mm color film is a short documentary subject made for National Educational Television's Black Journal television program. Producer St. Clair Bourne chronicles the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University in North Carolina. It consists of: a 16mm film (a), original 400 foot film reel (b), and original 400 foot film canister (c).
2012.79.1.68.1a: The film opens with a student meeting/rally at Duke University, in which one unidentified student speaker (male) states why they longer wish to participate in a system they don't believe speaks to the needs of African American college students. A male narrator begins to speak, explaining what the Black Student Movement at Duke University was and how it originated and morphed into a separate institution. An interview with Howard Fuller begins to play, and he expresses why he doesn't believe in institutionalized black studies programs. Footage of him announcing the opening of Malcolm X Liberation University begins to play, and is followed by clips of the opening celebratory parade and rally. The narrator describes the new university's proposed curriculum and study abroad program in Africa. Howard Fuller addressed the crowd by reading a statement from Stokely Carmichael, and introduced guest speaker Betty Shabazz. During her speech, white train workers in a nearby train yard rang a train car bell to interrupt her speech. A visiting professor who was in attendance climbed on top of the train car and silenced the bell so Betty Shabazz could finish her speech. A small group of women sing "The Black Magician" onstage. Courtland Cox, a representative from Malcolm X Liberation University's sister school in Washington, DC, closed the ceremony. The film ends with an interview with Howard Fuller speaking on the role of Malcolm X Liberation University can and hopes to play in the black liberation struggle.
2012.79.1.68.1b: Original 400 foot film reel.
2012.79.1.68.1c: Original 400 foot film canister. The metal can has a sticker label from a film distribution company with the name of film.
Place filmed
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Type
sound films
color films (visual works)
short subjects
16mm (photographic film size)
Topic
Civil Rights
Education
Film
Race discrimination
Race relations
Television
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number
2012.79.1.68.1abc
Restrictions & Rights
© National Educational Television
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ff49a8a3-10f3-473a-8719-85e8e5f89db0