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Why did images of white, nuclear families dominate television in the 1950s? Why has it taken nearly 70 years for images of a diverse America—featuring people of color, immigrants, women as independent social beings—to appear on prime time television?  Challenging the longstanding belief that what appeared on television screens in the 1950s and after resulted from some social consensus, The Broadcast 41 addresses these and other questions by telling two intersecting stories. The first story documents the heterogeneous perspectives of a generation of progressive women who had been…

World premiere of Ordinary Americans, about radio and TV superstar Gertrude Berg this month in West Palm Beach Florida.

Bonus article below about the incredible Gertrude Berg.

New York Times, March 7, 1948

 

The Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a prize to honor activism and art that will be named after Broadcast 41 member Lena Horne

Honoring those who "promote awareness and create social change," the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will be awarded in February. A $100,000 donation will be given to a charity of the winner's choice.