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  • 1964: The Fight for a Right

    With historical footage and interviews with Freedom Summer architects and volunteers, as well as present day activists, 1964: THE FIGHT FOR A RIGHT uses Mississippi to explain American voting issues in the last 150 years. For instance, why are red states red?

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    Against All Odds: The Fight For A Black Middle Class

    Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. Through dramatic historical footage and deeply moving personal interviews with prominent African Americans, including Isabel Wilkerson, Elijah Cummings, Alvin Poussaint, and Angela Glover Blackwell, Against All Odds explores the often frustrated efforts of black families to pursue the American dream.

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    Agents of Change

    America Reframed: Agents of Change looks at a pivotal moment when our nation was caught at the intersection of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-Vietnam War Movements. The film examines the racial conditions on college campuses across the U.S., focusing on two seminal protests: San Francisco State in 1968 and Cornell University in 1969.

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    American Experience: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (EXCERPT)

    This 30 min excerpt focuses on Fannie Lou Hamer and the fight to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Delegates at the 1964 National Democratic Convention. In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one...

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    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

    BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a portrait of the artist, revealing Sanchez’s uncompromising life. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou, Sanchez is a winner of major literary honors, including the American Book Award in 1985 and the Harper Lee Award in 2004, among others. A significant figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, often considered the artistic arm of the Black Power Movement, she raised her voice in the name of black...

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    Bastards of the Party

      Bastards of the Party Directed by former Bloods gang-member Cle Sloan, Bastards of the Party explores the creation of two of Los Angeles’s most notorious gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, from the perspective of the Los Angeles community. The film also denounces gang violence and presents meaningful solutions from former gang-members to stop this problem.   [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]

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    Civil War Journal: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry

    Civil War Journal: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry   The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.   [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]

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    Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion

    This rare video is based on the planned slave uprising, in Charleston South Carolina, 1822. Denmark Vesey (a free Black man) organized a slave rebellion in Charleston. Vesey and his conspirators planned to take control of Charleston harbor and navigate to Santo Domingo, with every Black man, woman, and child they could carry.

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    Discharged Without Honor: The Brownsville Affair

    This episode investigates a controversial action taken by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1906, a street shooting occurred in Brownsville, TX. Amid allegations that the culprits were black soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Infantry, Roosevelt took the unprecedented action of discharging without honor all 167 men. The documentary weighs old and newly discovered evidence in the case, using archival accounts and photographs and commentary by experts.

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    Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Law?

    In 1969, the F.B.I. names the Black Panther Party the number one threat to the nation's internal security. Some law enforcement officials feel this gives them justification to break the law and destroy the organization. The extent of the FBI's counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO, will be uncovered by activists in 1971.

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    Tavis Smiley: 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s ‘Beyond Vietnam Speech

    April 4-April 8, 2017, Tavis Smiley comemmorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech: Hollywood legend and activist Harry Belafonte discusses his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King. Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr talks about the backlash his friend faced after the “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Professor and author Marc Lamont Hill, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the ‘Highlander Research and Education Center’ and Rashad Robinson from ‘Color of Change’ look at...

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    The Underground Railroad

    They were determined to undo slavery one person at a time, even at the risk of imprisonment-or death. This inspiring journey to freedom tells the tale of the history, heroes and villains of the Abolitionist movement with historical documents and interviews with descendants.

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    Through A Lens Darkly — Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People

    The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

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