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Basic Black was created in 1968 during the turmoil of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of African Americans.
Now, over 40 years later, the mission of Basic Black remains strong. The historic presidency of Barack Obama, the reexamination of racial ideologies, the search for new black leadership, the embrace of a global citizenship and the continuing search for solutions to pressing concerns demand a fresh examination of the black experience. Basic Black reflects that ongoing conversation across geographic borders and generational lines with the most current stories, interviews and commentaries. Learn more at basicblack.org.