Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

October 18, 1980

On October 18, 1980, the Cleveland Call and Post reported that members of the local branch of the NAACP protested WKYC-TV (NBC) for broadcasting a television mini-series called Beulah Land.  One of the protestors said, “NBC and all the rest of TV does not depict blacks in meaningful roles and the only time you see more than two blacks on TV together is when you have a show like Roots or Beulah Land.”  The Call and Post described Beulah Land as “a pointless melodrama about life on a huge cotton plantation in the antebellum period.”

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