I was recently scouring YouTube for specific soundbites of writers like Baldwin discussing their creative processes. While there was some available content, it was mostly limited, considering the impact these figures have had on our society. This is why I’m particularly interested in the work being done by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the Library of Congress and GBH in Boston. Since 2013, the goal of the AAPB has been to preserve material on Black subjects from public radio and television programs, digitizing it and making it available online for free. I’ve sampled some of the more than 40,000 hours currently preserved by the AAPB, and what’s immediately clear is the wealth of Black authors, journalists, musicians, and politicians who were given a platform through public broadcasting. Here is just a small sample of what’s in this invaluable archive.
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