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The Harlem Renaissance (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-02-15

Duration: 00:18:32

Subjects: Arts | History | Harlem Renaissance | Museum exhibits | African Americans


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Perkins, Huel Interviewee
  • Borders, Florence Interviewee
  • Johnson, Clifton Interviewee
  • Gaines, Ernest Interviewee


This segment from the February 15, 1987, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the history and significance of the Harlem Renaissance. She interviews: Dr. Huel Perkins, the assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at LSU, who discusses his research into the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and the importance of their work; Florence Borders, the archivist at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, who discusses their Countee Cullen Collection and her research into the Harlem Renaissance; Dr. Clifton Johnson, the director of the Amistad Research Center, who discusses the relationship between the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance; and Ernest Gaines, author, who discusses not discovering black writers until after college. This segment also includes highlights of an exhibit at the LSU Union Gallery in Baton Rouge called “The Turning Point: The Harlem Renaissance” featuring artwork from the Aaron Douglas Collection at the Amistad Research Center.