Black Power TV: African Americans & the Media


Sept. 12, 2013


Black Power TV: African Americans & the Media

San Francisco Main Library, Sept. 29, 2 p.m.


San Francisco novelist, playwright, poet and city official Jewelle Gomez and Devorah Heitner, the author of Black Power TV, will come together for a conversation about a revolutionary time in black media history, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m., at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St.


Cover of Black Power TVIn her new book, Black Power TV, Heitner chronicles the emergence of Black public affairs television starting in 1968. From San Francisco’s Vibrations for a New People to Boston’s Say Brother, to the national shows such as Black Journal and Soul!, these groundbreaking television programs irrevocably changed the television industry from the inside out. Many incredible media makers and activists got their start on these programs.  For example, Gomez began her artistic career at Boston’s Say Brother as a 19-year-old college student in 1968. Find information about the book at


“When television shows produced by and for African Americans hit the airwaves, their unique and previously ignored perspectives were broadcast into American households for the first time,” said Gomez. “Programs created by Blacks, for Black audiences, revolutionized what people of color expected from public and commercial television. Heitner’s dramatic account of African Americans’ late-1960s breakthrough onto broadcast TV highlights the enduring significance of their achievement.”
Say Brother cast 1968

Media Contacts:

Michelle Jeffers, SFPL, (415) 557-4282;

Devorah Heitner, (773) 865-5653;