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Black Americans / African-Americans #120504

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 01, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Issue of whether black Americans should more correctly be called "African-Americans" featured; details given, scenes shown. [Jesse JACKSON - says "black" refers to skin color and not to ancestral connection.] Historical scenes shown of black Americans; James Brown's song mentioned. [New York City College black studies director Dr. Leonard JEFFRIES - says we are talking about Africans.] Ethnic terms and changing terms used for black Americans reviewed. [JEFFRIES - explains needs for defining one's own self.] Historical roots of term "African-American" explained; Marcus Garvey mentioned. [Black Muslim leader MALCOLM X - says white man named us "Negro."] [JACKSON - explains blacks' link between Africa and American] Skepticism of some blacks noted. [Columnist William RASTBERRY - says effort to change name is linked more to despair than to logic.] [At Black American History Museum in Detroit, Michigan, director Charles WRIGHT - says constancy of other problems facing black people demands our attention] [JACKSON - comments.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter
Duration:
00:04:30

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