Ellis Wilson: Related ITV Offerings
KET has produced several other instructional video programs and series on topics related to African-American art, culture, and history. Click on the titles below for more complete descriptions, a list of the Kentucky Academic Expectations related to each offering, and dates when the program or series will be aired on KET ED for Kentucky schools.
Most of these titles are also available for purchase from KET. Contact , (800) 945-9167, for more information.
- Dancing Threads: Community Dances from Africa to Zuni presents outstanding performers teaching traditional Appalachian, African-American, and Native American dances. Program 2, “Little Johnny Brown,” is taught by African-American musician and storyteller Paula Larke. (grades K-8)
- Telling Tales features Appalachian, African-American, and Native American stories told by master storytellers. The series includes two African-American tales told by John O’Neal and two traditional African stories interpreted by Louisville’s Mama Yaa (Gloria Bivens). (grades K-8)
- Old Music for New Ears introduces children to a broad range of traditional styles of music (folk, blues, Cajun, etc.) and cultures—Native American, African-American, and Appalachian, among others. Paula Larke (Program 20), Odetta (Programs 6 and 11), and Taj Mahal (Programs 17 and 22) are among the host/performers. (grades 2-8)
- Winter: Season of Darkness and Light, a multicultural exploration of the way the winter season is celebrated in this country, includes background information on the origins and symbols of Kwanzaa. (grades 4-12)
- The Great Kentucky Gospel Shout Out is a rousing evening of gospel music performed by several Kentucky-based African-American singing groups. (grades 7-12)
- Signature profiles six contemporary Southern writers in biographies that humanize and demystify the creative process. Program 4 features African-American playwright and producer George C. Wolfe, a Kentucky native. (grades 9-12)
- Words Like Freedom/Sturdy Black Bridges is a “poetic concert” featuring African-American writing and music. (grades 9-12)