Collection Summary

The WHUT Collection includes nearly 250 programs and segments from the Emmy Award winning WHUT-TV public television station, located in Washington, D.C., on the campus of Howard University. WHUT, earlier known as WHMM-TV, was the first public broadcasting station to be licensed and operated by a historically Black college or university. The collection, dating primarily from 1981 to 2008, documents Black politics, history, life, and culture, in addition to D.C.-area affairs, national issues and concerns, and international news. The collection includes broadcast programs, oral histories, and recordings of campus events, such as lectures, speeches, and commencement ceremonies. More than 100 episodes of the series Evening Exchange, hosted after 1985 by Kojo Nnamdi, address topics such as the Black vote, childhood literacy, Ebonics, and mental health in minorities. The collection includes many programs on the civil rights movement, including a series of Civil Rights Oral Histories.

Prominent figures featured in the collection include Marion Barry, Harry Belafonte, Mary Frances Berry, Julian Bond, Taylor Branch, Bill Clinton, Ossie Davis, Marian Wright Edelman, Minister Louis Farrakhan, John Hope Franklin, Dorothy Gilliam, Danny Glover, Dick Gregory, Dorothy Height, Cathy Hughes, Lyndon Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Vernon Jordan, Justice Anthony Kennedy, John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Bobby Seale, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Cornel West.

Collection Background

WHUT-TV began broadcasting as WHMM-TV in 1980. This special collection was curated in 2021 by Brittany Jones, a graduate of Howard University’s Theatre Arts Administration program, as part of the Library of Congress/Howard University Archives, History, and Heritage Advanced Internship (AHHA) program.

Photo: The Grounds of Howard University, Washington, D.C., from The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.