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Ellis B. Haizlip
(1929 - 1991) U.S.A.

Ellis B. Haizlip



One of the first black producers at PBS. Produced the program "Soul" which aired on WNET, New York from 1967 - 1973.

Haizlip began his career at Howard University, where he was a producer with the Howard Players during a summer season. After graduating in 1954, he left for New York City, where he began producing plays with Vinnette Carroll at the Harlem Y.M.C.A. One of their productions was "Dark of the Moon," with Cicely Tyson, Clarence Williams 3d, Isabel Sanford, Calvin Lockhart, James Earl Jones and the Alvin Ailey Dancers. Produced Dietrich Concert

He went on to produce concerts and performances in Europe and the Middle East. These included "Black New World," by the dancer Donald McKayle; "The Amen Corner," by James Baldwin, and "Black Nativity," by Langston Hughes. He also produced a concert tour by Marlene Dietrich.

In 1972 and 1973, Haizlip and Lincoln Center produced "Soul at the Center," an acclaimed 12-day festival of black expression through the performing arts. Other Haizlip productions were the first Congressional Black Caucus Dinner in 1970, "Welcome to the World Saxophone" in 1980, and "Watch Your Mouth!" in 1978 for Channel 13. He was on the station's staff from 1967 to 1981.

Haizlip also worked at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where he coordinated cultural activities. He died of lung cancer, at age 61.


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