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The Coachman - A Virgina Born Grandson of Slaves
A Virgina born grandson of slaves lives through Jim Crow, The Great Depression, Great Migration, WWI, and WWII.
Jackie Robinson - An African American Baseball Player and Civil Rights Activist
PBS
Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and…
2 videos
Up From Slavery
Up From Slavery is a powerful, compelling and haunting 7-part documentary series that examines the history of slavery in America, from the arrival of the first African slaves through Nat Turner's Rebellion to the Civil War and beyond. In 1860,…
7 videos
Emancipation Road
A 7-Part Compelling Journey Through America's Greatest Saga! In 1860, the nation founded upon an idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness had…
7 videos
The African Americans - Many Rivers to Cross
PBS
Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of…
6 videos
Soul of Justice - Thelton Henderson's American Journey
Few judges provoke the ire of conservatives more than Thelton Henderson, Senior Judge of the Federal District Court of Northern California. His career in many ways parallels the larger historic arc of the Civil Rights movement and the changing vision…
Framing an Execution - The Media & Mumia Abu-Jamal
The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist on Pennsylvania's death row in connection with the death of a police officer, had become by the late 1990s a global symbol of inequities in the U.S. judicial system. The mainstream media could…
Bell Hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation
Bell Hooks is one of America's most accessible public intellectuals. In this two-part video, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, she makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism. In Part One, Bell Hooks…
I am a Man - Black Masculinity in America
This award-winning documentary links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture. Featuring interviews with bell…
Brick By Brick - A Civil Rights Story
Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story shows that segregation has been as virulent and persistent in the North as in the South and that it too has resulted from deliberate public policies based in deep-rooted racial prejudice. The film…
Blacking Up - Hip-Hop's Remix of Race And Identity
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity. Winner of the American Library Association's 2011 Notable Videos for Adults Award Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago amid racial oppression and economic marginalization. It…
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
Winner, 2009 John O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association Winner, Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship…
February One
Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award Honorable Mention Recipient In one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history. February One tells the inspiring story surrounding the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins that revitalized the Civil…
At the River I Stand
Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation worker into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical…
Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
Ralph Ellison: An American Journey is the first documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature. It establishes Ellison as a central figure in contemporary debates over art, politics, race and nationhood. Narrated…
The Road To Brown
The Road to Brown tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement. It is also a moving and long overdue tribute…
Race - the Power of An Illusion
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet,…
3 videos
How Racism Harms White Americans
A lecture by John H. Bracey Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. offers a provocative analysis of the devastating economic, political, and social effects of racism on white Americans. In a departure from analyses of racism that have focused primarily…
Race, Power and American Sports
Cultural historian Dave Zirin, whose influential blog and bestselling books have offered searing insights into the politics of American sports, examines the myriad ways sports culture has worked both to reproduce and challenge the wider culture's dominant ideas about race…