Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Finding a black nation

BOND: The reason I ask this question is because I read some place that you saw in spite of having grown up in Harlem, the biggest collection of black people in the United States, that this tour made you realize that there was a black nation within the nation.

MOSES: Within the nation.

BOND: How did that realization come to you?

MOSES: It appears in [Nicholas] Lemann's book about the Great Migration, so I had to go on that tour before I could see Harlem as an appendage in New York City because everywhere we went there were these little black communities that were appendages in the towns that they were performing in so it was eye opening.