The Black Panthers
Vanguard of the Revolution 

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Black Panther / San Francisco State On Strike - Fighting for African American Rights in 1960's SF Bay Area
BLACK PANTHER is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969, in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the development of the Black Panther organisation. In an interview from jail, Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton describes the origins…
Mama C - Urban Warrior in the African Bush
Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush" tells the story of Charlotte O'Neal--or Mama C as she is known--poet, musician, visual artist, spoken word artist and ex-member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party. Mama C, whose life was formed growing up in the artistically and politically vibrant atmosphere…
Power! - 1967-68
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The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents…
A Nation of Law? - 1968-71
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Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon's call to…
Angola 3 - Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation
The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer then any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana's…
Revolution 
In the chaos following the Civil War, a revolution takes shape in the South. Former slaves move to take control of their lives, setting up their own communities, churches and schools. Southern whites, deeply threatened, resist - often violently. Congress finally acts to stem the violence and safeguard blacks' rights,…
Mississippi: Is This America? - 1963-1964
Episode 5 of Eyes on the Prize
Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.
Cruel and Unusual - Black Panthers Fighting for Justice in Prison
This is the story of the Angola Three, three remarkable men - Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox - who as members of the Black Panther Party have been fighting for justice since the early 1970s. For decades left forgotten in the depths of America's bloodiest prison, between them…
Ain't Scared of Your Jails - 1960-1961
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Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.
The Keys to the Kingdom - 1974-80
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In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case…
O Happy Day - The Early Days of Black Gay Liberation
The seminal short film O Happy Day imagines the early days of gay liberation for black gay men. Lofton juxtaposes images of black men from late 60s and early 70s films with images of Black Panther Party demonstrations, as a way of intentionally revising history. The soundtrack is punctuated by…
The Time Has Come - 1964-66
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After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)…