"Ujima, Ujamaa, Kuumba: Education, Business & The Arts: A 21st Century Black History Discussion" will air on Clark County Television throughout the month of February. It also is available for viewing on-demand online.
The one-hour program is hosted by Commissioner Lawrence Weekly. Panelists include Dr. Valerie Taylor, a UNLV Professor of Ethnic Studies in the Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies Department, Larry Smith, owner of G Five Media, LLC, which operates a local marijuana business, and Eva Simmons, a retired Clark County School District area superintendent.
The discussion, which incorporates the Kwanzaa principles of Ujima, collective work and responsibility; Ujamaa, cooperative economics; and Kuumba, creativity, will begin airing Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. It also is available at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV.
"This year's conversation is an excellent opportunity to hear from some truly interesting people in our community who have unique and very relevant perspectives on Black History," said Commissioner Weekly. "Each of them has an amazing story. Everyone who watches this program will hear about desegregation from someone who lived it, learn about Black culture from a UNLV professor, and have a chance to open their mind to how Blacks are making history by impacting the medical marijuana industry."
The panel examines the polar opposites of desegregation and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Simmons shares an interesting memory of being among the first African American students to enroll at the University of Texas at Austin shortly after Brown v. Board of Education and what the adjustment to the unfamiliar environment entailed. The panelists also talk about how the Supreme Court verdict played out in Las Vegas and the group compares the historical climate to teaching today.
The group then looks at the cannabis industry and the parallels of a once illicit drug now serving as a pathway to legitimate wealth. But more importantly how entering the business has allowed Smith to create job opportunities, fund community youth programs and use the growth of his marijuana cultivation farm as a platform for growing small and black-owned businesses in Clark County.
Finally, the vividness of Black culture in America is electrified by the poetry of Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson with a rendition of Maya Angelou's Still I Rise and County Alternate Poet Laureate Rodney Lee who delivers a powerful, thought-provoking piece titled, The Bones of Our Fathers.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. CCTV also is available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.