Winner 1986

CBS Reports: The Vanishing Family—Crisis in Black America

CBS News

It has only been thirty-three years since Brown vs. Board of Education but the American social landscape has undergone tremendous change. At the core of our continuing search for national identity is the question of black and white society, more particularly, the changing definition of “family” in both communities. It takes courage to ask the questions CBS Reports asked in Crisis in Black America and, perhaps, more courage to air the answers. Instead of telling viewers what was going on in the black community, the producers let the community speak for itself. While some may take issue with who did the speaking, the power and presence of those spokespersons cannot be overlooked. For a sensitive and insightful look into the issue of the black family in America, the Peabody Board recognizes CBS News with an award.