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MONDAY

Soul! aired on New York City public television station WNET from 1967 to 1973, and it wasn’t just another Hullabaloo. African-American producer Ellis Haizlip’s creation offered a one-of-a-kind blend of poetry, political discussion, and music that captured the mood of the times. On Mondays through Dec. 20, the Library of Congress offers a selection of episodes of this program. And though the Afros, “Black is beautiful”–style versifying, and pre-MTV production values may seem quaint, expect to nevertheless be inspired by the performances—as well as by a format that today’s PBS would never allow on the air. Tonight’s two episodes feature the likes of Georgia Jackson, mother of slain radical George Jackson, and the post-Motown proto-funk of Labelle, Mandrill, and R&B vet Harvey Fuqua protégés New Birth. Series highlights also include a pre–“Lady Marmalade” Patti LaBelle taking Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” to church, plus appearances by Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Nikki Giovanni, Nina Simone, the Delphonics, and Miriam Makeba. The program screens at 7 p.m. as part of the Jazz and Soul Television series (see Showtimes for other dates) at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Steve Kiviat)