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John Bryant criticizes the Boston School Committee

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Title:
John Bryant criticizes the Boston School Committee
Description:
In this clip, a commemorative church service held in honor of Martin Luther King. Jr. is addressed Reverend John Bryant , who uses the occasion to criticize the Boston School Committee for what he sees as a lack of commitment to the education of African American children. Overall, the program is a tribute program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Program begins with newsreel footage of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, followed by a commemorative church service held in Boston that spans the remainder of the program. Service includes a sonnet written in memory of King and sermons from a variety of participants (Rev. Floyd Flake, Rev. William Weeks, Boston Southern Christian Leadership Conference head Dr. Virgil Wood, Bishop St. Clair Curtin, Rev. Richard Owens, Rev. William B. McClain, Rev. Rafe Taylor, Rev. Prentiss Moore, Rev. Warren Tolliver, Rev. Michael Haynes, and Rev. John Bryant) on the Kwanzaa (African) themes of unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith as interpreted through Christian scripture. Service concludes with a candle lighting ceremony facilitated by Elma Lewis, in which local community leaders read as candles are lit (Elma Lewis, Pat Bonner Lyons, Chuck Turner, Percy Wilson, Luix Overbea, George Morrison, Melnea Cass, and Rep. Bill Owens). Program includes numerous choir performances. Produced by Topper Carew. Directed by Conrad White.
Creator:
Jones, Vickie
Director:
White, Conrad
Creator:
Barrow-Murray, Barbara
Producer:
Carew, Topper
Recordist:
McSorley, Tom
Contributor:
Wilson, Bob
Contributor:
Buccheri, Ron
Contributor:
Plausse, John
Contributor:
Lane, Frank
Recordist:
Kane, Pat
Contributor:
Thomas, Andy
Contributor:
Cross, June
Contributor:
MacDonald, Greg
Contributor:
LeCain, Larry
Contributor:
Balhatchet, Tom
Contributor:
Lorencic, Karl
Contributor:
Davis, Scott
Contributor:
Fairweather, Bill
Date:
January 17, 1974
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
Say Brother
Subjects:
Owens, Rev. Richard
Curtin, Bishop St. Clair
Religious gatherings
School management and organization
Haynes, Rev. Michael
Flake, Floyd
Bryant, Rev. John
Wood, Dr. Virgil
Turner, Chuck
Lewis, Elma
African Americans--Civil rights
Segregation
Overbea, Luix V. (Luix Virgil)
McClain, Reverend William B. Moore, Rev. Prentiss
Civil rights
Tolliver, Rev. Warren
Owens, Bill
Race relations
School boards
Wilson, Percy
Lyons, Pat Bonner
Weeks, Rev. William
Morrison, George
Cass, Melnea A. (Melnea Agnes), 1896-1978
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_5180D3824642409FB9E3A91054639BF3