[Freedom and Authority in Black Culture]

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Mitchell, Dr, Henry H., H.H.M. at Clark University


Henry Mitchell

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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circa 1972

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Dr. Henry Mitchell delivers a lecture at Clark University on freedom and authority in Black culture. In the lecture he discusses the need to define, reflect and analyze Black culture. At the end of his lecture he takes questions from the audience.

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00:00:10 Audio begins with unidentified man introduces Dr. Henry Mitchell.

00:03:09 Dr. Henry Mitchell thanks man who introduces him.

00:03:30 Introduces subject, Freedom and Authority in Black Culture: Some Bicentennial Reflections on Blackness and American Democracy.

00:04:17 Explains his goal as probing the area of Black culture an area which definitely needs definition, reflection and analysis.

00:04:30 Talks about how Black heritage has been conveyed as intuition, and how what Black people practice have been viewed negatively.

00:08:58 Talks about how Blacks tending not to build large and complicated organizational structures.

00:15:20 Talks about the greatest strength the United States has is the multiplicity of inputs.

00:22:12 Talks about how it must be understood that Black folk have deep cultural and political reasons for distrusting systems based on paper and being divided at gut level.

00:30:09 Talks about how authority stems from the validity of the person who is telling you what to do.

00:35:59 Talks about how equality in the White sense has its advantages but there are profound advantages to equality in the sense African and Black culture has assumed that does not put anyone down but has profound and strong understanding of roles and seniority.

00:43:53 Talks about cultural backlog of influences and gives preliminary implications of what cultural relationship to freedom and authority means to contemporary Blacks in American democracy.

00:52:06 Talks about the need for governmental authority to become more personal.

00:53:33 Ends lecture.

00:53:54 Questions and Answers.

01:20:58 Audio ends.


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