St. Clair Bourne

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St. Clair C. Bourne
St.Clair C. Bourne
St.Clair C. Bourne
Born (1943-02-16)February 16, 1943
Harlem, New York
Died December 15, 2007(2007-12-15) (aged 64)
Manhattan, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Filmmaker
Known for American documentary filmmaker of African-American social issues and themes

St. Clair C. Bourne (February 16, 1943[1] – December 15, 2007) was an American documentary filmmaker, who focused on African-American social issues and themes. [2] He also developed projects that explored African-American cultural figures, such as Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson.[2]

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.[2] In the 1960s, he was executive producer of PBS public affairs television series Black Journal.[3]

In 1988, a retrospective of his films was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art.[4]

Bourne died in Manhattan of pulmonary embolisms following brain surgery on December 15, 2007.[2] He was 64 years old.

He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.[2]


  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2007-12-18). "St.Clair Bourne, Filmmaker, Dies at 64". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e McLellan, Dennis (2007-12-20). "St. Clair Bourne; captured the black experience on film". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: St. Clair Bourne". Black Masks 18.3 (2008): 19. Biography Reference Center. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Listings: Bourne Retrospective". New York Times. New York Times. February 12, 1988. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 

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