Over the course of its four-year run, SOUL! was threatened with cancellation multiple times. Here’s a sample of letters of support written to the producers of SOUL! from viewers across the racial and economic spectrum. The letters show what SOUL! meant to New Yorkers, from schoolchildren to prisoners–and everyone in between. Images courtesy the executive producer of SOUL!, Christopher Lukas.
The SOUL! program generated thousands of letters of support. Others we haven’t scanned: a petition from Con-Ed workers of NY with hundreds of names, and a letter from Italian Television asking to broadcast the show. (and many others….)
This variety-talk show featuring African-American artistry, community and culture was also a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. It showcased live performances by funk, soul, jazz, and world musicians, and had in-depth interviews with figures from politics, sports, the literary world and more. WNET recorded the series with the then-new technology of videotape.