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Database Subscribed Videos
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Video Series)
This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today when America remains a nation deeply divided by race.
AMERICAN PROMISE spans 12 years in the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate their family experience when they choose to send their two young sons to a prestigious Manhattan private school. With a sharp and merciless camera, filmmakers/parents Joe and Michele intimately document the struggles as these talented boys deal with stereotypes and identity issues, while their parents juggle high expectations against the social and cultural obstacles their sons face. Convinced that education is the key to success in the 21st century, these families make enormous sacrifices for an elite education. But will the rewards be there?
Black America Since MLK (Video Series)
Documentary with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. chronicles the triumphs, struggles and contradictions of the last fifty years in African American History.
Daughters of the New Republic: Harriet Tubman and Sarah Bradford
Today, Harriet Tubman is an icon for the struggle for freedom in the United States. Her story might have been lost to history except for one woman, Sarah Bradford, who agreed to write her friend's biography. But who was she? Why did she say, "Yes," when others called her plan to make a heroine of a black woman and slave a "quixotic attempt," doomed to failure from the start. Working together, these two indomitable women, one born a slave and a hero of the Civil War, the other born into a privileged New York family, gave voice to their shared vision of the New Republic. Little has been known of the remarkable Sarah Bradford. Until now.
Furious Flower (Video Collection)
This essential collection represents more than 50 years of artistic movement covering the post World War II era to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s as well as contemporary hip hop spoken word. It explores the trends and theoretical underpinnings which influence the work, the culture of mutual support among the poets and the desire to engage with a community of readers.
Highlights of America's Black Eagles: The Story of America's All-Black Air Force, in Tony Brown's Journal
Discusses the Black experience in the military, focuses on the training and participation of Black airmen in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
The History Of Black Music, Part I, in Tony Brown's Journal
Historically Black colleges create a unique music history lesson in this special vocal extravaganza. Choirs, groups and soloists from the nation’s Black colleges showcase their talents in riveting stage performances.
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 hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, and others.
Malcolm X: "House Negroes and Field Negroes" speech excerpt
This video is an excerpt from Malcom X's 1963 speech on house Negroes and field Negroes.
Shades of Black: Diversity in African-American Identity
African-American experience and identity is more complex than usually conceived. The leading African-American scholar takes us through African-American research in an engaging and stimulating fashion. * Diversity of identity and experience within the African-American community * Transforming the old idea of self-hatred into a new positive reality * Personal identity contrasted with reference group identity.
SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) Legacy Video (Video Series)
The Legacy of SNCC Video Collection tells the story of the key role of local leaders and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in shifting the national political agenda toward voting rights. This collection presents formal addresses, panel discussions and programs that took place at a conference and reunion unfolding over four days at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC).
STRANGE FRUIT explores the history and legacy of a song unique in the annals of American music. Best-known from Billie Holiday's haunting 1939 rendition, the song "Strange Fruit" is a harrowing portrayal of the lynching of a black man in the American South. The film tells a dramatic story of America's past by using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The song was quickly adopted as the anthem for the anti-lynching movement. The haunting lyrics and melody made it impossible for white Americans and politicians to continue to ignore the Southern campaign of racist terror. (According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, between 1882 and 1968, mobs lynched 4,743 persons in the United States, over 70 percent of them African Americans.)
Sweet Georgia Brown
This documentary examines the racial and gender policies that defined the status of African-American Women in the military during World War II. Interviews and primary sources reveal the unique experience of being an African-American woman in the military during this period. The story of these inspiring women, from the struggles they faced to they triumphs they accomplished, is one rarely discussed in American history, but one which should not be overlooked.
Database Subscribed Documentaries on Key Figures in African American History
The Black Press - Soldiers Without Swords
Openly Accessible Videos
Henrietta Lacks - The Woman With 'Immortal' Cells That Changed the World
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a black woman from Baltimore, USA, died of cancer. However, cells taken from her body without her knowledge continued to grow and multiply even after her death. They became the first 'immortalized human cell line' and changed medical science forever.
Human Zoos: America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism
Human Zoos tells the shocking story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in the early decades of the twentieth century.
The Invisible Soldiers (Blacks in WWII Documentary)
The full title of this documentary, released on VHS videotape in 2000, is "The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices," and it tells the stories of the more than one million African-American soldiers who served in the United States armed forces during World War II.
The New Jim Crow Museum
Tour the Jim Crow museum with founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim. Dr. Pilgrim discusses some of the major themes of the Jim Crow Museum. Jim Crow was not just a character or a set of "laws", it was a system that built upon itself to create and sustain a society with a racial hierarchy.
Sara Rector - America's Richest Black Girl
Sarah Rector was an African American member of the Muscogee Nation, best known for being the "Richest Colored Girl in the world" or the "millionaire girl a member of the race".