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Harlem: A Self Portrait

This 1959 CBS News special offers a unique look at a city within a city, capturing the mood and tenor of a community where, at the time, police, not politicians, were the power and six out of seven officers were white. This program surveys a wide range of Harlem life including footage of a speech by Malcolm X and interviews with poet Langston Hughes and a wide variety of African Americans living in Harlem including a retired black police detective, two former gang members, a resident of a new apartment building, partners in a new restaurant venture and others. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on August 18, 1959. Dist.: Films Media Group. 58 min.