Ellis Haizlip

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Ellis Haizlip (September 21, 1929 – January 25, 1991) was an African American theater and television producer. A 1954 graduate of Howard University, he helped many artists progress in their careers, including actress Anna Maria Horsford and singers Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. He served as executive producer of the Public Broadcasting Service television program Soul! from 1967 to 1973. He died of lung cancer in January 1991.[1] After his death, a number of his fellow artists, including writer Amiri Baraka, gathered in New York City to hold a performance in his memory.[2]


  1. ^ Fraser, C. Gerald (1991-01-30), "Ellis Haizlip, Producer, 61, Dies; Mentor to Many Black Performer", The New York Times, retrieved 2008-04-22 
  2. ^ "Ellis Haizlip Tribute", The New York Times, 1991-02-02, retrieved 2008-04-22