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Season 5, Episode 15 A Place of Our Own
First Aired: February 17, 2004
“A Place of Our Own,” filmmaker Stanley Nelson's reflections on life for well-to-do blacks---including his own family---on the vacation retreat Martha's Vineyard. Nelson recalls his childhood summers (in clips and interviews) with nostalgia and pride. The Vineyard town Oak Bluffs was a place where “you could let your guard down,” as one vacationer puts it. But Nelson's father (who's interviewed througout the hour) never could: The racism he endured as a child scarred him for life and tore apart his family.
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