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Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) to Create International Versions of Slavery By Another Name
Saint Paul, Minn. Jan. 22 —Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) of St. Paul, Minnesota will translate its groundbreaking PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name into Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. The film, based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, will introduce international audiences to the little-known story of how post-emancipation labor practices and laws effectively created new forms of slavery in the American South that persisted from 1865 until the beginning of World War II.
The project is funded by a $91,983 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.
“Slavery by Another Name shows how the forced labor of generations of African Americans has created long-lasting racial divisions,” said Catherine Allan, the documentary’s executive producer and head of history content at tpt National Production. “Our ultimate goal is to help international viewers explore these issues in their own countries.”
This project will use Slavery by Another Name to promote awareness of what American Studies scholars call “the incompleteness of emancipation” across national boundaries. It will generate discussion of how the legacy of post-emancipation slavery continues to be felt today in unequal access to education and employment, and in the creation of a permanent second-class citizenry.
TPT will create subtitled versions of the film for dissemination in Mexico, Brazil and Haiti. Translated Discussion Guides will include scholarly content about each country’s experience with slavery and emancipation, and provide questions and prompts to foster community conversation. Additionally, tpt will make the project website (pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name) and all of its video globally available for a twelve-year period, and allow users from around the world to stream subtitled versions of the film.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to broaden the documentary’s message and collaborate with educators, historians and other specialists,” said Allan. “We sincerely hope our efforts will engage the international community around issues of forced labor and its contemporary repercussions.”
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”
As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org/
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