The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’

Culture August 30, 2021
The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’

From Pocketworthy | Stories to Fuel Your Mind by Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine

In 1979, upon the tenth anniversary of the debut of “Sesame Street,” the New York Times offered an appraisal of the revolutionary children’s television program, reminding readers that the show with universal appeal initially declared its target audience, “the four-year old inner-city black youngster.”

In 2019, the show commemorated its 50th anniversary and, as it is broadcast in more than 150 countries, it’s worthwhile to take a look back at how since its inception, “Sesame Street” has been rooted in African-American culture, more specifically the historically black community of Harlem.

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