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I'll Make Me a World [production] Papers


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I'll Make Me a World [Outreach and Publicity Materials], Box 1

I'll Make Me a World [Research], Box 1-2

I'll Make Me a World [Stills Research], Box 1-3

I'll Make Me a World [Photos]

I'll Make Me a World [Production Files]

I'll Make Me a World [Cue Sheets], Box 1

I'll Make Me a World [Transcripts, Scripts, Outlines], Box 1-2

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Title: I'll Make Me a World [production] Papers, 1997-1999Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1997-1999

ID: FMA/FMA0002d

Primary Creator: Blackside, Inc.

Extent: 45.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The I’ll Make Me a World [production] Papers form a small portion of the larger Henry Hampton Collection. Included are research materials containing biographical information, articles and bibliographies collected for notable individuals including African American artists, writers, actors, and musicians, as well as general research materials on broader subjects related to African American life and art. Also includes are photographs; productions files for individuals involved in the creation of "I'll Make Me a World" such as Betty Ciccarelli, Paul Massari, Katy Mostoller, David Carnochan, Denise Greene, Tanayi Seabrook, and Sarah Wolozin, Wesley Jones, and Sam Pollard; interview transcripts; scripts; and outreach and publicity materials including magazine ads, press releases, postcards, brochures, educational materials, and materials for the I'll Make Me a World website.

Collection Historical Note

In 1999, Blackside, Inc. received $800,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts, a 6-part series on the history of African-American arts in the 20th century narrated by Vanessa Williams. Winner of the 1999 Peabody Award, I’ll Make Me a World is divided into three two-hour parts exploring literature, poetry, music, visual arts, theater, and dance. The first, Lift Every Voice: 1900- 1934, examines the artistic development of African- Americans from the turn of the century to the Harlem Renaissance. The second, Stormy Weather: 1935-1963, focuses on African roots, protest genres, and avant-garde styles from the Depression era to the Cold War. The last, Re:Creation: 1964-The Present, looks at contemporary trends in African-American art, from the Black Arts Movement until today.

Blackside, Inc. was a Boston-based company established by Henry Hampton (1940-98) in 1968, Hampton’s works chronicle the 20th century’s great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. Best known of Hampton’s 60-plus major film and media projects was the 14-part series Eyes on the Prize which ran in primetime on PBS stations in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Twenty years after its release it is still considered the definitive work on the Civil Rights Movement. Hampton’s other documentaries include The Great Depression (1993), Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994), America’s War on Poverty (1995), Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America (1997), Hopes on the Horizon (1999) and This Far by Faith (2003).

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Repository: FMA Film & Media Archive

Access Restrictions: Open

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Some material may be restricted due to personal financial issues (Social Security numbers, etc.).  Please contact staff for more information.

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Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: The collection was obtained from the Civil Rights Project, Inc. in 2001 and subsequent materials were obtained from Blackside, Inc. in 2002 and 2003.

Related Materials: The Henry Hampton Collection

Preferred Citation: [Name of the Collection], Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections.

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[Series 1: I'll Make Me a World [Outreach and Publicity Materials], Box 1, circa 1997-1999],
[Series 2: I'll Make Me a World [Research], Box 1-2],
[Series 3: I'll Make Me a World [Stills Research], Box 1-3],
[Series 4: I'll Make Me a World [Photos]],
[Series 5: I'll Make Me a World [Production Files]],
[Series 6: I'll Make Me a World [Cue Sheets], Box 1],
[Series 7: I'll Make Me a World [Transcripts, Scripts, Outlines], Box 1-2, c1997-1998 (Created)],

Series 7: I'll Make Me a World [Transcripts, Scripts, Outlines], Box 1-2, c1997-1998 (Created)Add to your cart.

Contains scripts, interview transcripts and outlines for individual episodes and for the entire series of "I'll Make Me a World."

Box 01 - Contains interview transcripts for episode 1 "Left Every Voice" and episode 2 "Without Fear or Shame" of "I'll Make Me a World." Interviewees include: Chris Albertson, Amiri Bakara, Campbell, Elizabeth Catlett, Julie Dash, Gerald Early, Edmund B. Gaither, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Wynn Handman, James Vernon Hatch, Nat Hentoff, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Quincy Jones, June Jordan, Woodie King, Jr, Maxine Hong Kingston, Lawrence Knight, Celia Lee, Haki Madhubuti, Wynton Marsalis, Jessica Care-Moore, Nicholas Payton, Charlene Regester, Lloyd Richards, Sonia Sanchez, Gunther Schuller, Billy Taylor, Gloria Steinem, Koko Taylor, Melvin Van Peebles, Alice Walker, Ben Vereen, Kara Walker, Cheryl Wall, Cornel West, Dorothy West, Raven Wilkinson, John Edgar Wideman, Saul Williams, August Wilson, George Wolfe. Also has outlines, summaries and treatments for the entire "I'll Make Me A World" series and for individual episodes. Some outlines are written by Thulani Davis, and a speech is included by Ms. Davis on "The Artist and Society," given as the keynote address of the Art 21 Conference held by the National Endowment of the Arts, April 14, 1994.

Box 02 - Contains interview transcripts for episode 3 "Bright Like a Sun" and episode 4 "The Dream Keepers" of "I'll Make Me a World" Interviewees include: Chris Albertson, Amiri Baraka, Lerone Bennett, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lloyd Brown, Oscar Brown, Delores Browne, Robert Brustein, Elizabeth Catlett, Gerald Early, Edmund B. Gaither, Herbert Gentry, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Wynn Handman, Uta Hagen, Riva Helfond, Nat Hentoff, Joseph Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, Woody King Jr., Maxine Hong Kingston, Jacob Lawrence, Haki Madhubuti, Wynton Marsalis, Diane McIntyre, Marian McPartland, Ron Milner, Arthur Mitchell, Nicholas Payton, Lloyd Richards, Ishmael Reed, Faith Ringgold, Helen Rosen, Tony Russo ; Sonia Sanchez, Billy Taylor, Melvin Van Peebles, Ben Vereen, John Edgar Wideman, Cornel West, Raven Wilkinson, August Wilson. Also has pre-interview transcripts for episode 5 "Not a Rhyme Time" and episode 6 "The Freedom You Will Take" of "I'll Make Me a World." Interviewees include: Nora Blakeley, Fab Five Freddy, Julie Dash, Guy Davis, Gregory Hines, John Holyfield, Haki Madhubuti, Bill T. Jones, Woodie King, Jr., Clarence Major, Dianne McIntyre, Frank Morrison, Faith Ringgold, Suzi Lori Parks, Dudley Randall, Sonia Sanchez, Gloria Steinem, Quincy Troupe, Francis Ward, Carrie Mae Weems.

Also includes interview transcripts for Benny Andrews (2/6/98), Amina Baraka (10/20/97), Amiri Baraka (10/20/97), Lerone Bennett (12/30/97), Camille Billops (1/20/98), Gwendolyn Brooks (12/29/97), Oscar Brown (12/23/97), Cheryl Bruce, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Sean Curran (12/04/97), Julie Dash, Herbert Gentry (pp.19-32), Nat Hentoff (pp.27-33), Bill T. Jones (11/06/97), Kellie Jones (3/09/98), Haki Madhubuti (10/08/97), Kerry James Marshall, Ron Milner, Howardena Pindell (10/15/97), Ishmael Reed (12/97), Charlene Regester, Faith Ringgold (10/24/97), Sonia Shanchez (10/22/97), Gloria Steinem (11/07/97), Clyde Taylor (1/20/98) and Alice Walker (12/19/97).

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