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St. Clair C. Bourne Edit Profile

director , television producer

St. Clair Bourne, American filmmaker. Fellow National Academy of Engineering, 1977-1978, NHE, 1979-1980; grantee Council of Literary Magazines, 1978-1979; recipient John Russworm citation for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, 1970, Pioneer award, Pan African Film & Arts Festival, 2007. Member Writers Guild American, Association Indiana Video and Filmmakers (board directors 1984-1986).


Bourne, St. Clair was born on February 16, 1943 in New York City. Son of St. Clair Thomas and Gwen (Samuel) Bourne.


Degree in Journalism & Political Science, Syracuse University, 1967.


He also developed projects which explored African American cultural figures, such as Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson. Born in Harlem, he moved to Brooklyn when he was two years old. He completed two years at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service before joining the Peace Corps.

In 1965, the Peace Corps sent him to Peru where he helped publish a Spanish-speaking newspaper in Comas, a settlement adjacent to Lima. The November 1965 issue of Ebony magazine featured an article about Bourne's efforts in Comas. Bourne graduated from Syracuse University in 1967.

Bourne died in Manhattan of pulmonary embolisms following brain surgery on December 15, 2007. He was 64 years old.


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  • Other Work

    • Writer: (television news show) People/Events In The News. Associate producer (television special) Portrait of Julian Bond, New Leadership: Congress of Racial Equality/SNCC. Co-producer (television special) Focus: South Africa.

      Producer, director, writer: (television documentaries) Black Journal (Emmy 1970), The Nation of Common Sense, 1970, Soul, Sounds and Money, 1970, The South: Black Student Movements, 1970, Malcolm X Liberation University, 1970, Paul Robeson, 1970, Sickle Cell Anemia, 1970, Afro-Dance, 1970, Something to Build On, 1971, Ourselves, 1971, Nothing but Common Sense, 1972, More From Less, 1977, Horse Racing, 1977, Val Verde, 1978, The Police, 1980. Producer, director: Telephone, 1971, A Piece of the Block, 1972, A Brand New Language, 1974, Let The Church Say Amen!, 1973, The New Blues, 1981, America: Black and White, 1981, In Motion: Amiri Baraka, 1984, The Black and the Green, 1982, Asinamali!-The Committed Artists, 1986, Making Do the Right Thing, 1989, John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk, 1996, Paul Robeson: Here I Stand, 1999, Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, 2000. Co-producer, co-writer: The Deacons, 1979.

      Co-producer: The Long Night, 1975. Pusher Man, 1972. Director: Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper, 1986, Doctor Ben, 2001.

      Executive producer: (television movies) Innocent Until Proven Guilty, 1999. (television series) The Other American Revolution, 1980. Co-producer (television movies) Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, 1996.

      Production co-ordinator (film) Statues Hardly Ever Smile, 1971 production consultant (documentary) Zaire '74, On the Boulevard, 1984.


Member Writers Guild American, Association Indiana Video and Filmmakers (board directors 1984-1986).


Married Sylvia Azure Walton (divorced). Married Linda Miller (divorced).

St. Clair Thomas Bourne

Gwen (Samuel) Bourne

Sylvia Azure Walton

Linda Miller