At Issue; Inside the Ghetto
@ Thirteen - New York Public Library
National Educational Television and Radio Center Perlmutter, Alvin H Stern, Andrew A Rigsby, Gordon Cunniff, Lois Brown, Claude Podhoretz, Norman
DescriptionEpisode Number: 59AT ISSUE takes its cameras into the streets of New York's Harlem and against the background of the ghetto, presents an hour long interview with Claude Brown -- a rare Negro who rose above Harlem's savage code of life to "make it" despite tremendous environmental handicaps. Claude Brown is the author of the new book, "Manchild and the Promised Land," which has been acclaimed by critics as "magnificent." An autobiography, "Manchild and the Promised Land" tells of Mr. Brown's experiences as a gang fighter, thief, pot smoker, cocaine peddler, and juvenile delinquent who was in and out of reformatory schools by the age of 14. Mr. Brown relates how he broke out of the ghetto to attend school, graduate from Howard University, and now enroll as a law student at the age of 28 at the University of Chicago. Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, talks with Mr. Brown about the "Harlems" throughout the United States - many of them scenes of violent riots within the last several weeks, the problems Negro youths face in the slums and how they can rise above economic and social obstacles. A Negro who stands apart from involvement in the civil rights movement, Mr. Brown also reveals his views about the Negro leadership. At Issue takes its cameras into the streets of New York's Harlem and against the background of the ghetto, presents an hour long interview with Claude Brown - a rare Negro who rose above Harlem's savage code of life to...
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