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Everybody Needs a Forever Home: Realities of Black Adoption (1978)

William Mackie

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  •  The narrator introduces Kevin, a foster child 
  •  Foster children play on a playground 
  •  Isaac and Mary Bell with their family 
  •  Ken and Sandra McClennan with their natural and foster children 
  •  Lenzo and Joyce Clark with their adopted son  
  •  Lady B. Foster with her adopted child Tommy 
  •  The McClennans discuss adopting an older child 
  •  Mary Bell talks about her family 
  •  Lenzo Clark talks about his life changes 
  •  Mr. Clark and his son at church 
  •  Downtown Austin 
  •  The Victory Grill, a historic music venue and restaurant in Austin. Johnny Holmes opened the establishment in 1945 after he realized that black soldiers returning from World War II did not have a place to grab a drink and celebrate. As part of the Chitlin’ Circuit—a group of performance venues that were open to and safe for black performers—the Victory Grill hosted a number of famous musicians, including Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, Chuck Berry and Etta James. The venue joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.  
  •  Bill Lawson, Pastor at the Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church in Houston 
  •  The Bell family 
  •  Lenzo Clark in Round Rock 
  •  The Bells ride on a train through a park 
  •  Pastor Bill Lawson 
  •  Mrs. Lady B. Foster with her son Tommy 
  •  The Bells 
  •  The Clarks 
  •  The McClennans 
 
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Directed by University of Texas at Austin student Mike Simpson, this 1978 documentary tells stories of adopted children and their parents within the African-American community. Simpson first confronts numerous stereotypes and fears that prevent many people from adopting children in need of a home. He then interviews children and adults about their views on and personal experiences with adoption. Everybody Needs a Forever Home won a Merit Award in documentary at the 6th Annual Student Film Awards (now known as the Student Academy Awards) in 1979. Bill Mackie was a professor in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas. He now works as an independent broadcast media professional.
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