Breaking Barriers
11:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Breaking Barriers

Diahann Carroll as Julia, TV's first portrayal of an African American woman with a college degree thriving in a professional position.
Diahann Carroll as Julia, TV's first portrayal of an African American woman with a college degree thriving in a professional position.

On Tuesday, April 29 at 9pm, Rocky Mountain PBS airs Pioneers of Television: Breaking Barriers.

This episode traces the story of people of color on American television - including the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll ("Julia") and Bill Cosby ("I Spy"). Latino landmarks range from "I Love Lucy" with Desi Arnaz to "Miami Vice" with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian-Americans like George Takei ("Star Trek"), who details his youth spent in a Japanese internment camp.