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The Black Family Summit (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Nashville, Tennessee

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-05-20

Duration: 00:25:26

Subjects: Naacp | African American families | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | National Urban League


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Jacob, John Speaker
  • Lakey, Lawrence Speaker
  • Fowler, Queen Speaker
  • Pitt, Edward Speaker
  • Spooner, Linda Speaker
  • Perkins, Thelma Speaker
  • Gant, Anna Speaker
  • Gibson, Joanne Ivory Speaker
  • McAdoo, John Speaker
  • Hooks, Benjamin Speaker


This episode of the series “Folks” from May 20, 1984, features Rob Hinton and Genevieve Stewart presenting highlights from The Black Family Summit sponsored by the NAACP and National Urban League at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. They report that the conference focused on the following issues and their impact on the black family: jobs and economic security; education; health; housing; child rearing; single parent families; crime and violence; and the elderly. Their report includes highlights from speeches given by: John Jacob, the president of the National Urban League; Reverend Lawrence Lakey, the executive director of the Tulsa Urban League; Dr. Queen Fowler, an educator; Ed Pitt, the associate director of health for the National Urban League; Linda Spooner, an attorney in Washington, D.C.; Thelma Perkins, workshop leader; Dr. Anna Gant of the Department of Sociology at Morehouse College; Joanne Ivory Gibson of the NAACP; Dr. John McAdoo of the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland; and Benjamin Hooks, the executive director of the NAACP.