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Anita - Speaking Truth to Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men…
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
This series looks at the last five decades of African American history through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis and rare archival footage,…
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Touch the Sky
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The final hour brings the story up to the present day. Gates celebrates how far African Americans have come toward equality and raises hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
Keep Your Head Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The third hour reveals profound fissures within the country--and within black America--that deepened through the 1980s and '90s, just as African Americans were becoming more visible than ever.
Move on Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The second hour dramatizes the diverging paths for African Americans and outbursts of white backlash that emerged in the 1970s and early '80s. Gates explores how African Americans found new sources of hope from the creation of hip-hop.
Out of the Shadows
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
The series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots that marked a new phase in the black struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, redefining American culture, politics, and society.
African American Students - Raising Self-Esteem
Understanding one's own cultural heritage is crucial to high self-esteem. This program is designed to raise students of all races to a level of self-respect and understanding about the African nation. It combines an overview of African history with tips…
Been Rich All My Life - Classy Hoofers of Harlem’s Golden Age
Meet the age-defying Silver Belles, still "bustin' a move" and donning sequins for sold-out crowds. From their days in chorus lines of the Harlem Renaissance, their love of dance and of each other hasn't wavered, and the film sparkles with…
Bridging the Divide - Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
During this tumultuous election season, watch a film about an election which made a real difference. Broadcast on PBS in 2016, BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race tells the compelling story about Los Angeles Mayor Tom…
The Spirituals - American Spirituals, Music and Slavery
A musical art form, the American Spiritual, was born out of the folk songs of slaves. Melodies of backbreaking work were hummed, sung, and passed on throughout the Deep South over fields of cotton, greens, cowpeas, yams, rice, peanuts, and…
Finding Samuel Lowe - Afro-Chinese-Jamaican Harlem Family Seek Their Chinese grandfather
An Afro-Chinese-Jamaican Harlem family seeks their Chinese grandfather who was forever separated from their mother - his 3-year-old half-Chinese, half-Jamaican daughter - in 1920. Samuel Lowe returned to China in 1933 with a Chinese wife and 6 children. After a…
Teached - The Race-Based Education Gap in America
Our short films examine the causes and consequences of America's race-based educational opportunity gap. Demeaned, expelled, suspended....TEACHED. What must be done to ensure every child achieves his or her potential? Clip #1: "Unchartered Territory" - Clip #2: "The Blame Game"…
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Teached: Code Oakland - African American Youth Challenge the Face of the Technology Industry
This film examines Oakland's evolution through the eyes of social entrepreneurs determined that youth of color not be left on the sidelines as Silicon Valley spreads into the home of the second largest black community in California. Kalimah Priforce, whose…
Teached: Think of Calvin - Racial Profiling Escalates to a Night in Jail
On a Friday night after a long week at work, Calvin Davis joined his family in Southwest Washington, DC for an informal gathering. Still wearing scrubs from his job at Children's National Medical Center, Calvin caught up with an old…
Reveal Moments - Microaggressions and Race
An intimate portrait of four people of color in the Pacific Northwest coping with microaggressions and implicit bias in everyday life. Their vivid stories create "reveal" moments, where the truth about lived experience shines and inspires. A white ally discusses…
Traces of the Trade - A Story from the Deep North
In Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, one family's painful but persistent confrontation with the continuing legacy of the slave trade becomes America's. Katrina Browne uncovers her New England family's deep involvement in the Triangle Trade…
The Abolitionists Part 3
Episode 3 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. Southern states secede, war…
The Abolitionists Part 2
Episode 2 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement. Threatened with capture by his former owner, Douglass flees to England, returning to the U.S. in 1847. He launches his own anti-slavery paper. John Brown meets with Douglass, revealing his…
The Abolitionists Part 1
Episode 1 of American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
Shared beliefs about slavery bring together Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave who becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William…
American Experience: The Abolitionists
PBS
Vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, THE ABOLITIONISTS tells the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Fighting body and…
3 videos