"It seems to me that to organize on the basis of feeding people or righting social injustice and all that is very valuable. But to rally people around the idea of modernism, modernity, or something is simply silly. I mean, I don't know what kind of a cause that is, to be up to date. I think it ultimately leads to fashion and snobbery and I'm against it."
Jack Levine: January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Saturday Night Radio Drama - Sears Radio Theater - The Afro-Westerner - A 4th of July Special
"The Afro-Westerner" starring Brock Peters and Parley Baer, with Lome Greene, host. The story of a young African from Liberia who, in 1875, visits Laramie, Wyo., where his grandparents, escaped slaves, had lived for 13 years.
This is the latest series of radio drama on commercial American radio that I ever heard of from the decade that I hold was the high point in the positive depiction of Black people in the American media. I can't imagine Sears as run by an incompetent disciple of Ayn Rand sponsoring something like this, today. Or, frankly, much of anyone else. You'll also hear a next to extinct species, the public service message, something that pretty much got killed of during the Reagan administration.
I also can't imagine anyone making the effort to point out that the 'ol west was not lily white.
We're supposed to have thunderstorms coming through and I expect we'll lose our internet around here so I'm posting it early. If I can I'll post more later. You'll want to adjust the volume, the recording is slightly reverb rich.