Posted by Joleene Moody

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?
Or at least some of its history on how the show challenged racism in the late 60's and early 70's?

There's no question that the children's television show was a front runner when it came to diverse casting and cultural education. Author Anne Harrington digs into how it came to light. It took a group of men, unlike any other group of it's kind, to change the face of television.

 

TV History How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make Sesame Street


“Episodes featured a strong black male role model (Gordon, a school teacher) and his supportive wife, Susan (who later is offered the opportunity to develop a profession of her own).”

The article below shares a crucial excerpt from her book, Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness.


This piece didn't make it into the book.
But it is making its round on the web, including here on Stage 32.

 

Read More Here:

The Forgotten Tale of How Black Psychiatrists
Helped Make ‘Sesame Street’

 


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