THIRTEEN to Stream “Take this Hammer,” Historic Documentary About Author and Activist James Baldwin
The film will stream via Facebook on Friday, Feb 24 at 8 pm; excerpts were included in the Oscar®- Nominated Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro.
New York – WNET, home to tri-state-area PBS Stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, is making the groundbreaking 1963 documentary, Take This Hammer, available via Facebook Live on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm.
This event marks the first time WNET will release an archival film via Facebook. “We are privileged to have a broad archive of noteworthy film content from throughout our 54-year history,” says WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro, “And Facebook Live can serve as yet another way to broaden the channels we use to reach the public with high-quality, informative and free content.”
In Take this Hammer, author and activist James Baldwin meets with members of the local African-American community in San Francisco in the spring of 1963. He is escorted by Youth For Service’s Executive Director Orville Luster and is intent on discovering “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.”
Excerpts from Take this Hammer appear in the Academy Award-Nominated film, I Am Not your Negro, a film by Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck that explores Baldwin’s plans to write a biography of Malcom X, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join the livestream of Take This Hammer on Friday, February 24 at 8 PM here: https://www.facebook.com/thirteenwnet/videos/10154089637265059/. It will be available for viewing for one-week.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.