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I'll Make me a World: The Dream Keepers…

I'll Make me a World: The Dream Keepers 1940-1965

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The Dream Keepers looks at African-American artists in the turbulent years after World War II, as growing demand for equal rights are met with intense resistance. Yet, while racial barriers are being steadily broken, a stunning series of African-American "firsts" in the arts and other areas of society marks America at mid-century. This episode explores the impact of these developments upon the nation. Lorraine Hansberry's remarkable Broadway debut, A Raisin In the Sun- extremely popular with both black and white audiences-is one sign of the era's pro-integration impulse. Some fields, however, remain closed to African Americans, as evidenced by the lives and bittersweet careers of ballet dancers Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson. James Baldwin, the artist who epitomizes the conflicts of the era, chooses exile in Paris as he struggles to launch his literary career, but events in the United States eventually compel his return to lend his presence and voice to the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.
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