On this edition of From the Vault we present Gene De Alessi's 1968 program called Lives of Black Entertainers, a study of Black artists in America since the early 1900's. In it, De Alessi narrates profiles on Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Will Marion Cook, Ethel Waters, Abbey Mitchell, Claude McKay, and Roland Hayes among others. True to programming produced out of Pacifica Radio KPFA-Berkeley in the 1960's, this recording documents the challenges and roadblocks many Black artists faced while trying to make a living from their craft during the 20th Century.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.