I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts

By Sheila Curran Bernard (Series Writer) 
Executive producer Henry Hampton; co-executive producer Sam Pollard; programs produced, directed and written or co-written by Sam Pollard, Betty Ciccarelli, Tracy Heather Strain, and Denise A. Greene. PBS, 1999

An exuberant and inspiring look at a century of African-American arts, I’ll Make Me a World … celebrates the extraordinary achievements of 20th century African-American writers, dancers, painters, actors, musicians and other artists. Six episodes engage viewers in compelling stories of struggle and creativity, featuring the sounds of jazz, blues, soul and rap that the world identifies as America’s music, poetry and fiction that challenge ideas of race and ideals of democracy, images that capture our conflicts and our common ties, and dance, theatrical performances and movies that have thrilled and inspired a century of audiences. (Text from the 1999 Peabody Awards)