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Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Prof. James Smalls and Dr. Mary Hoover on ‘Like It Is’ with Gill Noble

Understanding the relationship between history and education in the lives of African people in the United States and beyond remains absolutely critical.


Jazz – The African (American) Art Form: From Deep Within the 40(plus) Year Archives of ‘Like It Is’ with Gil Noble

Below is an informative and under-told discussion about the historical context and origin of jazz music.  It's well worth watching, and using as a cultural enrichment and educational resource - for youth and adults alike.

From the opening exchange:

Question:  Do you all know the story of 'Paul Revere'?

Response:  Indeed.

Question:  But do you know the name of the horse that Paul Revere rode?

Response:  Nobody knows that.

Final question:  You know why they don't know it?

Final response:  That's because the horse did not write the story!

The story of jazz is ours to tell.  Gil Noble tells a part of that story in this early episode of his 43-year educational show, Like It Is.

Originally aired in May, 1970. Note that this was developed and aired some 30+ years before the mass marketed documentary by Ken Burns aired on PBS during 2001.