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Film, Video One tenth of a nation. Newsmakers Newsmakers / Container title: 10th newsmakers

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  • One tenth of a nation. Newsmakers

Other Title

  • Newsmakers
  • Container title: 10th newsmakers


  • This film series highlights the contributions of African Americans to their communities and the nation. In this film, the following newsworthy people are featured: clinic founder Maude E. Callen; the first African American general Benjamin O. Davis; Dr. F.D. Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund; former boxer Joe Louis; talented young pianist Philippa Schuyler; distinguished lawyer Thurgood Marshall; composer and musician W.C. Handy; former boxer and ordained minister Henry Armstrong; attorney George W. Crawford, recently named New Haven's corporate counsel; singer Nat King Cole; actor and professor Juano Hernandez; American North Pole explorer Matthew Henson; Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Ralph Bunche; Harvard University student council president Clifford Alexander.

Created / Published

  • [1954]


  • -  African Americans
  • -  African American celebrities
  • -  Davis, Benjamin O.,--1880-1970
  • -  Patterson, Frederick D.--(Frederick Douglass),--1901-1988
  • -  Louis, Joe,--1914-1981
  • -  Schuyler, Philippa,--1932-1967
  • -  Marshall, Thurgood,--1908-1993
  • -  Handy, W. C.--(William Christopher),--1873-1958
  • -  Armstrong, Henry,--1912-1988
  • -  Crawford, George W.--(George Williamson),--1877
  • -  Cole, Nat King,--1919-1965
  • -  Hernandez, Juano
  • -  Henson, Matthew Alexander,--1866-1955
  • -  Bunche, Ralph J.--(Ralph Johnson),--1904-1971
  • -  Alexander, Clifford L.,--Jr.,--1933


  • Educational films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Appearing: Maude E. Callen, Benjamin O. Davis, Dr. F.D. Patterson, Joe Louis, Philippa Schuyler, Thurgood Marshall, W.C. Handy, Henry Armstrong, George W. Crawford, Nat King Cole, Juano Hernandez, Matthew Henson, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Clifford Alexander.
  • -  Possible production date based on events featured in the film. Matthew Henson Day in Philadelphia was January 21,1954 and Clifford Alexander graduated from Harvard in 1955, meaning he would have been a junior (as mentioned in the film) in 1953 and 1954.
  • -  The production company is listed as American Newsreel in the collection inventory, but the credit does not appear on film and could not be confirmed in any secondary sources.
  • -  Sources used: Philadelphia Tribube, January 12, 1954, p. 5, accessed via ProQuest Historical Newspapers; National Visionary Leadership Project website, accessed April 2, 2020; M/B/RS donor inventory (film inventory).


  • 1 video file (digital) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600722

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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