1. "Black and Proud" aired on WILL-TV on Jan. 27, 1969. The program presented a vivid snapshot of the lives of African Americans in central Illinois.

    Homemaker Eunice Patterson of Urbana demonstrates her method of cooking soul food. Host Harold Bradley then talks with two professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about the influence of art and music as a form of self-expression for black people. Then, a University of Illinois student group performs African dance. Later on in the program, a U of I student participates in an Afro-American fashion show. In one of several discussion segments, the founders of The Black Vanguard, a black newspaper in Danville, Illinois, talk about why they began publishing in April 1968.

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  2. An amazing scene from Stars in My Crown (1950) from MGM. Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister. In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction with a few of his parishioners. In this scene the Ku Klux Klan is harassing a freed black man primarily because they want his land (the distinguished Puerto Rican actor Juano Hernandez). He is called Uncle Famous by everyone in town because he befriended all of them for generations.

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  4. Below the surface of New York City lurks an immense grid of pipes designed to carry water in various states of grossness. They bring us water for drinking, washing our clothes, and putting out fires. This same water carries away our dirt, our soapy water, and our poo – the poo of eight million New Yorkers. Where does the water go?

    A group of NYC High School students explored the Water Underground – the millions of gallons flowing beneath New York City and the people who make it their business. They conducted site visits, reviewed government documents, skimmed newspaper articles, and videotaped interviews with government workers, environmental activists, water scientists, and more. Join them for some deep thinking.

    Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
    Project leads: Rosten Woo, Damon Rich
    Project support: Valeria Mogilevich, Amber Yared, Naoki Fujita

    The Lower East Side Ecology Center
    Teaching Artist: Kate Zidar

    Students: Sean Kelleher, Kim Nuñez, Maggie Acevedo, Ruben Arroyo, Danny Aviles, Adrian Lau, Jared Pierre, Edwin Rodriguez
    Internship Coordinator: André Knights

    Thanks to Andrea Meller, Jae Shin, Sarah Bostwick, and RECYouth at Hamilton Fish.

    This project was made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Center for Arts Education/ Parents as Art Partners.

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