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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Asia, West Africa, India
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1950
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Asia, West Africa, India
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/2/1950
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Author, fiction writer, and scriptwriter Khephra Burns was born October 2, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, to Isham and Treneta Cecelia Burns. In 1972, Burns received his bachelor’s degree in English literature and drama from the University of California at Santa Barbara, after which he moved to New York to launch his writing career.

In 1978, Burns joined the staff of PBS television affiliate WNET-Thirteen as a writer and associate producer. Burns remained associated with PBS and educational programming, producing documentaries about different aspects of the African American experience. Burns’s body of work includes several acclaimed books, including Black Stars in Orbit, Mansa Musa, and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom that has Shaped Our Lives, which he wrote with his wife, writer and editor Susan Taylor. Burns also contributed to several monthly publications including Essence , Art & Auction and the Boulé Journal.

In addition to television and print media, Burns is also active in the theater arts; in 1981, he was commissioned by Harry Belafonte to write Stackalee, a full length stage drama. As a playwright, Burns also wrote African Odyssey, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1997, and Tall Horse, which played both in South Africa and in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2005. Burns has served as the Grand Graptor for Sigma Pi Psi and as a member of the Guardsmen.

Khephra Burns was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on September 13, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns describes the upbringing of his mother and her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns describes how his family moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns describes Los Angeles, California during his parents' childhoods
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Khephra Burns describes his father's upbringing and ambitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Khephra Burns recalls his father's career in aviation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns describes the childhood of his father and his father's siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns describes his father's jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns recalls his childhood neighborhood in Compton, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns describes his elementary school experiences in Compton, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Khephra Burns describes attending St. Albert the Great Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns recalls the Watts riots of 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns recalls his experience with racial violence during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns describes his experiences at Simi Valley High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns reflects on his college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns recalls moving to the San Francisco Bay Area after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Khephra Burns recalls racial injustice during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Khephra Burns reflects on his involvement with the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns reflects on the limits of nonviolent civil rights activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns describes his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns recalls getting a job at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns recalls his influential friends from the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns describes coming to work for WNET-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Khephra Burns describes his work for WNET-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Khephra Burns recalls his early freelance career in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns describes how he met his wife, HistoryMaker Susan Taylor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns recalls writing about African American culture for TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns recalls working on documentary films with William Miles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns describes his career as an author
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns describes his career as a playwright
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Khephra Burns describes his play 'Tall Horse,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Khephra Burns describes his play 'Tall Horse,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Khephra Burns describes his membership in the Boule
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Khephra Burns describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Khephra Burns describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Khephra Burns reflects on political controversies of the 1990s and 2000s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Khephra Burns reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Khephra Burns narrates his photographs