From 1968 to 1972, the late Jim Tilmon hosted a weekly program called “Our People” on WTTW that focused on issues in the Black community and featured thoughtful, incisive interviews with Black newsmakers and entertainers of the era.
Most of them have been lost over the years, but our library staff recently rediscovered a few that we are excited to bring to “Black Voices” throughout February.
READ: Rediscovered Interviews from WTTW Show ‘Our People’ Still Resonate, 50 Years Later
First up: comedian and actor Godfrey Cambridge was famed for his sardonic take on culture and society. In his 1968 interview with Tilmon, he lends his thoughts on policing and crime in Chicago with his characteristically dry humor.