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New Black Agenda, Part 1 (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-11-5

Duration: 00:28:36

Subjects: African Americans | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Affirmative Action | African American business enterprises


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Dixon, Tecuna Interviewee
  • Muhammad, Harold Speaker
  • Guillory, J.C. Interviewee
  • Wilkins, Mona Interviewee
  • Abdul-Khaliq, Kwanza Interviewee
  • Tate, Janice Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Randall Speaker
  • Nathan, Bethel Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from November 5, 1989, features the first part of Sonya Masingale’s report on the New Black Agenda. It focuses on economic development in the black community. She visits Ujamaa, the first Louisiana African American Economic Fest in Lafayette. She interviews: Tecuna Dixon, event organizer; J.G. Guillory, attorney; Mona Wilkins, medical technician; Kwanza Abdul-Khaliq, business consultant; and Janice Tate, entrepreneur. Her report also includes highlights of the speeches given by Minister Harold Muhammad and Randal Mitchell of International Communications Services. Masingale also conducts an in-studio interview with Bethel Nathan, the vice president of the Nathan Group in Baton Rouge and the coiner of the phrase “economic enfranchisement.” He discusses: the findings of his recent study for the White House about the attitudes and perceptions of African Americans on several issues, including affirmative action; the meaning of economic enfranchisement for the black community; black people in America wanting respect and recognition; his findings on middle class black Americans; the importance of black business ownership; and his view of minority set-asides.