Monday, March 8, 2010

Classic Clip Monday: A mind is a terrible thing to waste, Boom-Boom Washington

This PSA for the United Negro College Fund is really well-done for its era. It begins with a family of slaves teaching each other to read in slave quarters, and then they have to hide the books as a voiceover talks of how it wasn't that long ago that education was forbidden to blacks in America.

Then it cuts to a modern (for the 1970s) college classroom full of mostly African-American students, and the professor tells them their class has been canceled for lack of funds.

Most interesting in that scene, which looks a little like it could be from an early pilot for "A Different World," is that two famous faces sit right by each other. The comments on the video are all excited about Dorian Harewood, who's acted in "Full Metal Jacket" and numerous other productions.

But sitting right behind him is Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, a.k.a. Freddy "Boom-Boom" Washington from "Welcome Back Kotter." Hi, there. Unfortunately, he doesn't happen to have his assignment right here...haaaandy.

Awesome PSA. They don't make 'em like this any more.

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