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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.
Accidental Courtesy - Musician Daryl Davis Meets and Befriends Members of the Ku Klux Klan
Musician Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan- something few black men can say. In his travels, he's collected robes and other artifacts from friends affiliated with the Klan, building a collection piece by piece,…
Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle - Can a Ritual Born Out of Slavery Become a Modern Day Movement?
Capoeira, comprised of stylized dance and ritual combat takes its cue from the sacred music of the berimbau. Born from slavery and reborn on the modern streets of Brazil, Capoeira proceeds from the timeless urge for freedom. With stunning cinematography…
Welcome to Leith - Notorious White Supremacist Craig Cobb Attempts Town Takeover
Welcome to Leith is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behaviour becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to…
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…
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…
Two Towns of Jasper
On June 7, 1998, three white men from Jasper, Texas, chained African-American James Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him until his body disintegrated. This powerful documentary takes you to the white and black communities as it records their…
Dixie - The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Song
Since its origin in 1859, the song Dixie's Land has been woven into the fabric of American pop culture. Originally penned as a tune for blackface minstrel troupes, the song became the anthem of the confederacy during the Civil War.…
Answering the Call - The American Struggle for the Right to Vote
The bloody attacks of protestors in Selma in 1965 led to the historic protection of all Americans' right to vote. The film explores a cherished family story of Selma and the current state of voter suppression in America. Fifty one…
The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution 
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In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored -- cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and…
Finding the Gold Within - Black Men in College - Challenges and Success
What does it mean to be young, black, male and dare to step out of invisibility? Finding the Gold Within follows six Black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and…
American Denial - The Truth is Deeper than Black and White
In his 1944 study of the 'Negro Problem' in America, Gunnar Myrdal posed a simple, disturbing question: How can Americans espouse a belief in liberty, equality and equal opportunity while enabling openly racist Jim Crow practices against black citizens? American…
Streets of Dreams - Activists Preserving Affordable Housing
Inspiring portraits of grassroots activists in communities of color who are using a community land trust to preserve affordable housing and promote development without the displacement of longtime residents. By combining community ownership of land with individual ownership of homes,…