Black TV – By Design

Console TVs 1962
Console TVs, 1962

The 1960’s were a time of firsts for Blacks on TV, but did you know your first TV back then, might have been designed by a Black man? A Life’s Design tells the story of industrial designer Charles “Chuck” Harrison, the black history maker responsible for some of the most iconic objects in American household.

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Charles Harrison

Charles Harrison

1931 - 2018

Charles “Chuck” Harrison is a designer, educator and speaker specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between.


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