- Amos ‘N’ Andy was the rare controversial TV program that’s maintained its controversy for more than 60 years since its initial broadcast.
- In 1926 it started as a comedy series named “Sam ‘n’ Henry” on Chicago’s WGN radio station.
- It later became “Amos ‘N’ Andy two years later.
- by 1951 Amos ‘N’ Andy became a television show.
- The main argument in favor of the sitcom was that it depicted the Harlem community.
- It was filled with black people who had different occupations and roles.
- White characters were an unusual occurrence.
- The show was the first to feature an all-black cast and the only one like it for 20 years.
- This didn’t stop African American advocacy groups and eventually the NAACP from criticizing the radio and tv show for promoting racial stereotypes.