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  • 1964: The Fight for a Right

    1964: The Fight for a Right By the mid 20th century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of slavery by another name - Jim Crow discrimination. In 1964 in Mississippi, people died in an effort to force the state to allow African Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Although the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has passed, the struggle for voting rights is still pertinent. According to the NAACP, states...

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    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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    Africa’s Great Civilizations

    Africa's Great Civilizations In his new six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their...

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    African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Episodes 1-6)

    The series will take viewers across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African-American community, which abolitionist Martin R. Delany famously described as “a nation within a nation,” has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from...

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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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    America Reframed: Agents of Change

    America Reframed: Agents of ChangeAgents 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.At San Francisco State, students and their supporters which included faculty and the increasingly influential Black Panther Party, launched...

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    American Experience: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (EXCERPT)

    American Experience: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (EXCERPT) In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi’s African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment was prepared to use any means necessary to keep them away from the polls and out of elected office. For years, local civil rights workers had...

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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

    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.

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    Building Black Power in a White Political Structure, Part 1: Civic Engagement…Or Not?

    Related Link: Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College   Building Black Power in a White Political Structure (Part 1): Civic Engagement...Or Not? Khalid Alexander and Laila Aziz discuss the importance of building Black Political power in California. A new opportunity and need to engage African American voters has emerged in the wake of Black Lives Matter and a growing national movement to raise public awareness...

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    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.

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    Creation of Black Studies at San Diego City College

    Retired Professor of Black Studies, Nathan Katungi, discusses the history of the Black Studies Department at San Diego City College -- how the department was created, the vision, philosophy and goals, and the challenges faced by the department.

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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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    Dr. Shirley Weber Speaks on California’s Anti-Racial Profiling Law

    Dr. Shirley Weber Speaks on California's Anti-Racial Profiling Law Friday, December 4, 2015 Lincoln High School San Diego, CA At an event featuring Dr. West Aaron Harvey and Brandon "Tiny Doo" Duncan, focusing on the prosecution of 33 black men through the use of an obscure and draconian gang injunction law (Penal Code 182.5), California Assemblymember, Shirley Weber spoke at Lincoln High School on the challenges of getting an anti-racial profiling bill through the California...

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    Episode 10: Unity In Diversity? (Part 1)

      Unity In Diversity? (Part 1) -- Introduction: In this episode, Unity In Diversity? In Part 1 of this series, we will explore the political and social climate up to 1920s that is going to shape the boundaries of African Americans’ ideological responses to the failure of Reconstruction.  

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    Episode 11: University in Diversity? (Part 2)

      Unity In Diversity? (Part 2) -- Introduction: In this episode, Unity In Diversity? We saw in Episode 10 two approaches to the problems facing African Americans as a result of the failures of Reconstruction. The integrationist and the Black Nationalist approaches were fundamentally in opposition to one another and the conflict between WEB DuBois and Booker T. Washington was simply built in to their philosophical ideologies. In part two, we will explore other ideological...

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    Episode 12: University in Diversity? (Part 3)

    In this episode,Unity In Diversity? We look at the various often conflicting elements of Black Nationalism in the struggle for Black liberation and self-determination, and specifically at Maulana Karenga and his notion of cultural nationalism within the US organization.

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    Episode 13: Race vs Gender – Femiphobia and Homophobia Within the Black Liberation Struggle

    In this episode, we will look at the social construct of patriarchal masculinity as it is expressed in the Black liberation struggle. We will start with the critical question posed by the brilliant scholar and social critic, bell hooks. We will then take a look at some specific controversies vis-à-vis gender and homophobia. Has homophobia and femiphobia (fear of women) hurt the Black Liberation struggle?

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    Episode 14: The Conservative Era From Reagan to Obama

      The Conservative Era From Reagan to Obama -- Introduction: In this episode, The Conservative Era: From Reagan to the Age of Obama. The late 1970s and 1980s brought about a shift in American attitudes towards race and civil rights. In this episode we will see how the neoconservative movement was able to simultaneously embrace the ideals of the old civil rights movement and leaders such as Martin Luther King, while at the same time...

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    Episode 15: African American Frontiers (Part 3)

    In this episode, African American Frontiers (Part 3): A Tale of Two Revolutions. We look at the two new republics in the western hemisphere — the United States and Haiti. As the two fledgling nations forge new frontiers, what will their independence mean for African Americans? What new dangers and opportunities will Africans face? What role will Blacks on the frontier play in shaping the course of a new nation?

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    Episode 1: What is Black Studies?

    In this episode, we look at the origins of a relatively new academic discipline. How did Black Studies come about and how is it distinct from other academic disciplines? Also, what are the challenges faced by scholars, academics and students of Black Studies in higher education?

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    Episode 2 Black Studies

    Episode 2: Why Pursue Black Studies?

    In this episode, why pursue Black Studies? What is the significance of Black Studies in higher education? Also, we look at the contributions that Black Studies as a discipline has made in academia. How has the Black Studies pioneered and developed theories and approaches to problems in ways that have added to academia and society as a whole? Is Black Studies solely for the consumption of African American students? Should it be? Why should Asian,...

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    Episode 3: Africa in Historical Context

    Africa in Historical Context -- Introduction: In this episode, we look at Africa in historical context and the events leading up to the Atlantic slave trade. Black Studies is a response to widespread misrepresentation of the history of the African continent and people of African descent, but what does an alternative context look like? Do we simply glorify Africa in response? If, in fact we are to look to Africa's glorious past as an alternative,...

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    Episode 4: Slavery in Black & White

      Slavery in Black & White -- Introduction: In this episode, Slavery in Black and White: The Development of Race Based Slavery in the British North American Colonies. Slavery is nothing new in human history, but what is relatively new, however, is the phenomenon of race based slavery - a radical transformation from slavery as it had been practiced up to the point of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Given that the British colonizers conquered many...

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    Episode 5: Healing as Resistance

      Healing as Resistance -- Introduction: The middle passage subjected enslaved Africans to an ordeal the depths of which are literally abysmal. That is, the further and deeper one looks at the Atlantic Slave Trade, the more and more suffering one finds. New evidence continues to emerge that suggests to historians that we have not yet begun to approach the depths of the African experience on the Atlantic Slave Trade. Like the bodies of countless...

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    Episode 6: African American Frontiers (Part 1)

      African American Frontiers (Part 1) -- Introduction: The role frontier is profoundly significant for persons of African descent. Beginning with the Atlantic Slave Tradethe Middle Passage impacted both sides of the Atlantic.  The meeting of Africans with those who would later be known as Americans transformed the African continent while the American frontier transformed the Africans who were transported there.  

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    Episode 7: African American Frontiers (Part 2)

    In this episode, we explore how life was different for African Americans on the frontier. How those differences translate to both danger and opportunity for persons of African descent in the Spanish and English American territories, and the role Africans played in shaping what was to become the American frontier.

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    Episode 8: Did The Civil War End of Slavery?

      Did The Civil War End of Slavery? Introduction: In this episode, we will assess fruits of the struggle to define “citizenship” in “post-slavery” America.  What did “freedom” mean for former slaves?  How did black women fare in the period of reconstruction?  Finally, how did the reality of emancipation stack up against the aspirations of African Americans who fought and sacrificed during the Civil War?  

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    Episode 9: The Unfinished Revolution

    The Unfinished Revolution -- Introduction: In this episode, we examine different perspectives on the success and failure of Reconstruction. We look at the African American responses to the Reconstruction  as well as African Americans who are taking matters in their own hands by seeking out opportunities on the United States frontier. Finally, we examine the ideological responses that frame the continued struggle to finish an unfinished revolution.    

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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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    Guest Lecture: Elbert ”Big Man” Howard (June 7, 2015)

    Guest Lecture: Elbert ”Big Man” Howard Speaks at San Diego’s Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation June 7, 2015

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    Guest Lecture: Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College

    San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is seeking to use a provision in state law to charge purported gang members in conspiracy related to over a dozen murders by Lincoln Park gang members in 2013.

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    Let the Fire Burn: Philadelphia Police Clash with MOVE Group

    On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By 5:00pm, police had already fired over 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the fortified MOVE row house that contained children and adults. On orders from local authorities, police then dropped military-grade explosives onto the roof of the house. Captured live on television news, the ensuing conflagration quickly escalated, resulting in the tragic...

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    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy In March 1931, a freight train crowded with homeless and jobless hoboes left Chattanooga, Tennessee, bound for points west. A short time after it crossed into Alabama, a fight erupted between two groups of hoboes, one black and one white. The train was stopped by an armed posse in the tiny town of Paint Rock, Alabama. Before anyone knew what had happened, two white women stepped from the shadows of a...

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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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    Underground Railroad

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

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