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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…

Shirley Graham's opera Tom-Tom, the first opera written and produced by an African American woman, will be the subject of a Caramoor Summer Music Festival exploration this summer, with a live performance, as well as live-streaming of the event.

For more on Graham and…

See In Black America's Black History Month tribute to the great Lena Horne, who also shared a page of the People's Voice with Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois for a time.

People's Voice, September 27, 1947