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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. EMBED CODE <p align=”center”><iframe src=”” allowfullscreen width=”560″ height=”340″ frameborder=”0″ style=”max-width:100%”></iframe></p> 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 boxcar to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers aboard the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. Before it was over, the Scottsboro affair — so-named for the little Alabama town where the nine were put on trial for their lives — would divide Americans along racial, political, and geographic lines. It would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, and yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions. But for all its historical significance, the Scottsboro story is at its core a riveting drama about the struggles of nine innocent young men for their lives-and a cautionary tale about using human beings as fodder for political causes. [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]... read more

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

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Related Link: Guilty By Association? Aaron Harvey and Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan Speak at San Diego City College EMBED CODE <iframe src=”” allowfullscreen width=”560″ height=”340″ frameborder=”0″ style=”max-width:100%”></iframe>   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 and accountability around police brutality, mass incarceration and the problem of school-to-prison pipeline practices in public schools. California is home to the 5th largest black population in the country. African-Americans play a defining role in electing progressive candidates and passing progressive laws. As “likely voters” in the Black community age, it is critical to engage and motivate younger generations to step into leadership and civic engagement at higher rates. In Part 1, Khalid Alexander discusses the notion of civic engagement. read more

Africa’s Great Civilizations

LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Africa's Great Civilizations: Origins Africa's Great Civilizations: The Crescent and the Cross Africa's Great Civilizations: Empires of Gold Africa's Great Civilizations: Cities Africa's Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age Africa's Great Civilizations: Commerce and the Clash of 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 own rich civilizations, but also the wider world. Episode 1: Origins Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.   Episode 2: The Cross and The Crescent Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the ancient rise of Christianity & Islam, whose economic & cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.   Episode 3: Empires of Gold Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning epicentres.   Episode 4: Cities Gates explores the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industrious successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent’s east and west coasts.   Episode 5: The Atlantic Age Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th& early 19thcenturies, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate.   Episode 6: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations Explore the dynamism of 19th century Africa and the “scramble” for its riches.   [BACK TO VIDEO LIBRARY]... read more

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 their first days in this country.

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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 deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. Only later was it discovered that authorities had decided to stand by and “let the fire burn.”

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