For The People With Listervelt Middleton

It was and is to this moment a grand legend in television broadcasting history. Few can find a program to match it in the power to expand minds.

“For The People” was a new public affairs series for the African-American community when the show made its 1973 debut with Beryl Dakers as host. Later, Listervelt Middleton served as host for a quarter century.


Middleton (1952-April 14, 1996) was a journalist, poet and television producer. He is survived by his wife Ernestine Middleton and their two children Bakari and Zakiya. He was originally from Pineville, South Carolina. The Benedict College graduate began hosting “For The People” in 1977 for South Carolina’s Educational Television network.

“For The People” served as both platform and pulpit from which scholars of African and African-American history could reach their prospective audience.

Also a poet, Middleton published three books of his work “Fatback and Caviar”, “We be Creosote People”, and “Southern Winds, African Breezes.”

He set the standard for the awakening of people of African ancestry, melanin people worldwide.

He presented to the viewing public African scholars many have come to know and revere. Episodes of his program can be viewed on Youtube and purchased from South Carolina ETV. Available programs for purchase include:

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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