Reverberations of the King Assassination
1 Squires, “Black Audiences Past and Present,” 447–49.
2 Catherine Squires nuances previous theories of the Black public sphere by pay-
ing attention to the differential uses of strategies and tactics. Squires’s work
builds on scholarly critiques of Jürgen Habermas’s iteration of a “public sphere,”
which emphasize the formation of “marginalized counterpublics,” such as Nancy
Fraser’s concept of “subaltern counterpublics.” Squires, “Rethinking the Black
Public Sphere,” 446–68.
3 Ibid.
4 Eventually, Jarrett became the host as well. The station continued to broadcast
For Blacks Only until the 1990s, under the name Face to Face with Vernon Jarrett.
Vernon Jarrett, telephone interview with author, 2003.
5 Craig, Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? 18.
6 Elombe Brath, interview with author, July 12, 2005.
7 Craig, Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? 73.
8 Vernon Jarrett, interview.
9 Kerner Commission, Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Dis-
orders, 326.
10 Elombe Brath, interview with author, August 4, 2005.
11 Kerner Commission, Report, 366.
12 Joseph, Waiting ’til the Midnight Hour, 156.
13 For example, see the
Francisco news report from February 17, 1968, at
the Oakland Auditorium, featuring excerpts from speeches by the Black Power
activists H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael.
14 Rhodes, Framing the Panthers; Staub, “Setting Up the Seventies.”
15 Noble, Black Is the Color of My
Tube, 25–37.
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