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American Black Journal | A Conversation with Stanley Nelson

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Our 50th Anniversary celebration of “American Black Journal” continues with an interview with the preeminent film chronicler of the African-American experience.

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4/1/18: Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker, "Tell Them We Are Rising"

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As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of American Black Journal, we'll have a special, in-depth conversation with award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Episode ABJ 4619.

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3/25/18: Denise Nicholas / State of the Civil Rights Movement

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Detroit-born actress, activist and author Denise Nicholas receives a National Living Legend Award in Detroit. Plus, two national civil rights experts give their perspectives on the civil rights struggle in this country 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode 4618.

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3/18/18: Robin Hood Foundation / Small Business Workshop

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On the next American Black Journal, author, social advocate and Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore sits down with Stephen to talk about the fight to alleviate poverty and his best-selling book about the line between success and failure in our communities. Episode 4617.

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3/11/18: Morehouse Meets Motown / St. Stephen AME Church Centennial

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On the next American Black Journal, two legacy institutions that made their mark in Black history are teaming up for a celebration of excellence in music. Episode 4616.

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3/4/18: Hope Starts Here / Black Male Teachers

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On the next American Black Journal: An early childhood initiative, "Hope Starts Here," led by The Kresge Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation reaches an important milestone in its mission to make Detroit a city that puts young children and families first. Ep 4603. Original air date: 11/26/17.

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2/25/18: Black Panther / Littleguide Detroit

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Stephen talks with two comic book artists about the impact of the movie Black Panther on African American culture. Plus, there's a new online resource for parents looking for family-friendly events and activities in Detroit. Episode 4615.

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About The Show

American Black Journal is a window into American history. For more than 40 years, American Black Journal has been a vibrant and provocative forum for newsmakers, celebrities and everyday people. Currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press. The show features topics about arts and culture, and community issues such as politics, race, and religion.

Read more about the history of Detroit Public TV's American Black Journal.

The Host

StephenHenderson.jpgStephen Henderson is the current host of American Black Journal, WDET's Detroit Today and former Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of The Detroit Free Press. A Detroit native, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He has worked previously as a reporter, editorial writer and editor at the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Knight Ridder Washington bureau, where he covered the Supreme Court from 2003-2007. Henderson’s work has been honored with more than a dozen national awards, including for work that is published in the book, “Best Newspaper Writing 2001.” In 2014, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Follow him on Twitter: @SHDetroit.

The Producer

American Black Journal is produced by Daphne Hughes. Hughes is a former News Manager and Producer/Writer at WDIV-TV and Senior Communications Specialist at Mort Crim Communications, Inc. She has produced several television programs, including a half-hour Detroit Public Television show focusing on The Skillman Foundation's "Good Schools in Detroit" initiative and a 13-part series on the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which aired on WDIV.

Program Schedule

Watch American Black JournalSundays at 9:30 a.m.
Repeats air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Broadcast Information

American Black Journal is a part of

One Detroit - Detroit Public TV


American Black Journal is Funded by

DTE Energy Foundation


Ford Motor Company Fund





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