Join the Heinz History Center’s African American Program for a free, online screening of “Mr. Soul” on Oct. 19, as part of the 2022 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series.
“Mr. Soul” is a documentary film that tells the story of an innovative television program from the 1960s that presented Black culture, politics, history, and current events of the time. Before Oprah, before Arsenio, before Don Cornelius, there was MR. SOUL! Producer, broadcaster, and host of “SOUL!,” Ellis Haizlip made television broadcast history with America’s first “Black Tonight Show.”
“SOUL!” was a predecessor of Soul Train and other Black focused television programs from the period. Soul! Became so popular and provided a platform for Black artists, poets, writers, actors, musicians, and others that the Nixon administration tried to shut it down.
The documentary features archival footage of James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Harry Belafonte, Nikki Giovanni, among others.
Registration is free. Please register online. You will be emailed information about how to join the screening and discussion virtually.
For more information, please contact Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs at email@example.com.
The From Slavery to Freedom Film Series is presented by the History Center’s African American Program in partnership with the Frick Environmental Center of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The series is supported by Highmark and Allegheny Health Network.