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Racialization without Integration: The Fight for NBC Diversity in the 1940s and 1950s

Leah P. Hunter (Florida A&M University, USA)

Racializing Media Policy

ISBN: 978-1-80455-737-2, eISBN: 978-1-80455-736-5

Publication date: 22 February 2023


Efforts to make the television landscape more equitable for people of color have been evident both within and outside the industry as early as the 1940s. These advancements made by individuals within broadcasting were an attempt to allow more people of color to get opportunities to prove themselves competent in front of and behind the scenes in broadcast television. While these early attempts were ultimately unsuccessful, they laid the groundwork for future diversity initiative efforts. The purpose of this chapter is to expose the landmark events that introduced changes in diversity policy that eventually resulted from diversity initiatives at NBC despite the racial barriers within its corporate structure. This chapter will show that the trajectory of these early events exhibits that the diversity initiatives seen today resulted from decades of pressure from the government, the press and outside citizen activist groups.



Hunter, L.P. (2023), "Racialization without Integration: The Fight for NBC Diversity in the 1940s and 1950s", Smith, J.A. and Craig, R.T. (Ed.) Racializing Media Policy, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 47-74.



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