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Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II
A feature documentary about African-American soldiers in World War II who fought in the segregated US Army and helped liberate Nazi concentration camps. Academy Award Nomination, Feature Documentary, 1992 IDA Award CINE Golden Eagle CICAE Award Holocaust Humanitarian Award Links Award World Festival Premiere: Berlin Film Festival, 1992
The Untold West: The Black West
Directed by Nina Rosenblum and narrated by Danny Glover, this segment salutes the black cowboys of the western wilderness who fought alongside their Native American and white counterparts during the development of the frontier. The contributions of these nearly forgotten African-Americans are portrayed through realistic re-enactments, including a special segment…
Making a Way Out of No Way - 1897-1940
Part of the Series: The African Americans
Racist images in the Jim Crow era were used as propaganda to send messages that demeaned African Americans and legitimized violence against them. A visit to the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan--home to the largest collection of racist memorabilia in the country--reveals racist memorabilia and messages…
Into the Fire - 1861-1896
Part of the Series: The African Americans
Into the Fire examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief "moment in the sun." From the beginning, African Americans were agents of their own liberation, forcing the Union to confront the issue…
Slavery by Another Name
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Slavery by Another Name, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South after the Civil War, new…
A Son of Africa - The Autobiography of a Slave
"The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African" was the first influential slave autobiography. It caused a sensation when published in 1789, fueling a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This BBC production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars…
Scottsboro - An American Tragedy
Part of the Series: American Experience
In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused…
Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle - The First African American Trade Union
The story of the organizing of the first black trade union - The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters - provides an account of African American working life between the Civil War and World War II. MILES OF SMILES chronicles the organizing of the first black trade union - the Brotherhood…
Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
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Jack Johnson -- the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century -- enters the ring once again in UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON a provocative new PBS documentary by…
Banished - A History of African American Expulsion
From 1860 to 1920 hundreds of US counties expelled all of their African American inhabitants. BANISHED visits three of these still all-white towns today. Meanwhile the descendants of those displaced and disinherited seek redress. BANISHED vividly recovers the too-quickly forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African…
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness - The Pioneering American Anthropologist of African Studies
Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? These questions are examined through this groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), the pioneering…
Promises Betrayed (1865 - 1896)
How did Jim Crow begin? As Reconstruction ended, African Americans' efforts to assert their constitutional rights began to be repressed at every turn, betraying the promises of Emancipation. Southern whites were embolden by the North's withdrawal of support for Black access to land, civil and economic rights, and due process…