——– Original Message ——–
|Subject:||OPB documentary “Local Color”|
|Date:||Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:01:47 -0700|
|From:||WILL BENNETT <GOLDEN-WEST-PROJECT@AFRICAN-AMERICAN-HISTORICAL-DISTRICT.COM>|
|Organization:||GOLDEN WEST PROJECT|
|To:||Jeff Douglas <JDouglas@opb.org>|
Jeff, OPB & Others =
As for what I seek is just recognition. My perceptions of Golden West Project (an unorganized organization) has thus far been that of a catalyst. This also is perception of many in the community. I have recently became aware of the efforts of OPB to release “Local Color” that has been in the works for a few years, but the priority of this wasn’t all that high. Just last week, to my surprise, in City Hall Chambers the name Will Bennett was associated with the re-release and distribution of OPB’s documentary “Local Color” along with some history of it’s production. I was grateful. And all this will be well documented through audio, video, and perhaps print as a matter of city record-as a matter of history.
To conclude, what ever my involvement let it be stated in such a manner as you’ve indicated and is appropriate for OPB. My timing has been great, for many things has come together in a wonderful whole to reclaim our local African-American history. As a result, washing away the whitewashed history of Portland & Oregon.
Jeff Douglas wrote:
I think I’m on the mend. Thanks for asking.
I’m not sure what you want in an “official statement”. OPB is reluctant to officially endorse the Golden West project because we have no first hand knowledge about your mission, your accountability for funds, etc.
For several years, OPB had been interested in clearing the rights to “Local Color” so this program could not only be broadcast but also made available to schools, libraries and for sale. Because Jon Tuttle died, it took some difficult detective work to not only find out what rights were missing but also to locate the holder of those rights. It was fortunate for both of us that you became aware of the program close to the time that we finally were able to clear the rights and you have done much to get the word out about the program. We appreciate your advocacy. But it’s not accurate to say that we wouldn’t have done this without your encouragement. As I say we’ve been working on this for a couple of years.
I would be happy to acknowledge your help in spreading the word about this quality program and having it shown but I don’t think I can offer much more than that. However I certainly wish you every success.
OPB Program Director Mary Gardner has indicated an interest in re-airing local color perhaps connected to a run of “Oregon Expereince” programs next February. We’ll try to keep you in the loop about the rebroadcast date.
Senior VP & Station Manager
WILL BENNETT <GOLDEN-WEST-PROJECT@AFRICAN-AMERICAN-HISTORICAL-DISTRICT.COM> writes:
Again We thank you…..
I hope your health matter is improving, with that said….
It’ be nice if I could get an official statement from OPB that expresses the below….This will Help Golden West Project a great deal to carry on it’s mission/endeaver/purpose etc……
Subject: FW: [Libs-Or] FW: OPB documentary “Local Color”
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 18:20:42 -0700
From: ELDER Abigail
Will– just wanted to let you know that OPB has given me 100 copies of the DVD to distribute to Oregon public libraries (my message to libraries is below.) We are adding nine copies to Multnomah County Library and keeping one additional copy to show at programs.
OPB provided a limited license that allows libraries to show the film to the public, so I hope that some libraries will take advantage of that option.
Congratulations to you on the release of this DVD. The person at OPB said that your persistence is what made this project a reality.
-abigail/ central library
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 5:49 PM
Subject: [Libs-Or] FW: OPB documentary “Local Color”
Hello! Oregon Public Broadcasting has generously donated 100 copies of the documentary “Local Color” to be distributed to public libraries throughout the state. First aired in 1991, this is the first time the documentary has been publicly available. A limited license agreement allows for public showings of the documentary.
From the OPB website: “This 1991 OPB documentary chronicles the little known history of racism in Oregon and the moving story of people, both black and white, who worked for civil rights. Jon Tuttle was a news reporter in Portland for most of his life but said he was unaware of much of this history until late in his career. He set out to document the story but found he was almost too late as some of the important participants had died and others were getting on in age. Local Color is the story of black Oregonians and their struggle for equality told by the people, both black and white, who lived the history. But there are moments of highly disturbing racism in a state not known for racial diversity. But there are also moments of inspiration and courage as people take a stand to bring about important change. Without this historic documentary, many of these stories, from some of the state’s best people might have been lost and forgotten.”
If you would like copies to add to your public library, please send an email to me at email@example.com with your library, address and how many copies you would like.
abigail elder, central library
801 sw 10th avenue
portland, or 97205