Singer Abbey Lincoln, blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, blues artist Taj Mahal and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal are the guests. Included: the history of blues, and the difference between urban and country blues. Music: "Blue Monk" (Abbey). James Earl Jones is the host.
Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson ("Sounder") recites from the play "In White America." Also: how black history was recorded through gospel music. Other guests include the Edwin Hawkins Singers, the gospel group Forces of Deliverance and the Inner-City Repertory Dance Group. Music: "Someday" (Hawkins Singers) and "Spirit Moving" (Forces of Deliverance). James Earl Jones is the host.
Football's Gene Washington, basketball's Jim McMillan and the singing Bar-Kays join James Earl Jones. Other guests include comic Paul Mooney, the singing Crusaders and the art group St. Elmo Village. Music: "Son of Shaft" and "Do You See What I See?" (BarKays), and "Sweet Revival" (Crusaders).
Odetta, psychiatrists Alvin Poussaint and William Grier, and the Spinners highlight the show. Other guests include the Patrice Rusheu Trio and Little Dion. Music: "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?" (Spinners), "Black Woman" and "Hit or Miss" (Odetta), "Allright" (Rusheu Trio), "Superstition" and "Use Me Up" (Dion). James Earl Jones is the host.
The Friends of Distinction and Cleavon Little ("Temperatures Rising") join host James Earl Jones. Other guests include South African singer Letta Mbulu, the Fuqua Singers, Hank Crawford's Jazz Group and a ventriloquist act.
Singer Oscar Brown Jr.; Alex Haley, author of "Autobiography of Malcolm X"; and blues singers Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee join host James Earl Jones. Other guests include Willie Bobo and his Afro-Latin group doing their jazz version of "2001: A Space Odyssey"; dancer Michelle Simmons; and drummers Elvin Jones and Kwasie Badu. Music: "40 Acres and a Mule" (Oscar), "Stranger Blues" (Sonny and Brownie).
Carmen McRae joins James Earl Jones for magic and music. Guests include magician Goldfinger and singers Eubie Blake, Luther Ingram, Shadrack and the Sylvers. Music: "I Know Myself" (Sylvers), "At Long Last Love" (Carmen), "Keep On Moving, Keep On Grooving" (Shadrack) and "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right" (Luther).
Comic Richard Pryor, the Jimmy Smith Jazz Quartet, singers Rufus Thomas and Carolyn Blakely, and actor-poet Bernie Casey are the guests. Music: "Lolita" (Jazz Quartet), "The Breakdown" and "The Funky Robot" (Rufus), and "I Gotta Be Me" and "Black Side of Life" (Carolyn). James Earl Jones is the host.