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The Road to Brown

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $295.00 Home use: $85.00
  • Date: Copyright 1989. Released 1990.
  • Descriptors: Houston, Charles. Brown v. Board of Education (US, 1954). Blacks - History. Race relations. School integration.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Mykola Kulish, Rowena Pon, William A. Elwood. Sponsored by Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Color. 50 min.
  • Production Company: University of Virginia
  • Available from: California Newsreel 149 9th St., #420 San Francisco, CA 94103 (415)621-6196
  • Cataloging: 323.092 Afro-Americans - Civil rights - Cases||Segregation - United States - Cases
  • Print Entry #: 1:1889
  • Reviewer: William O'Connor

    The Road to Brown is the story of a particular aspect of the civil rights movement that sheds some light on the human side of the struggle. It examines the brilliant legal campaign waged by a little-known black lawyer, Charles Houston, against segregation. Houston's experiences as an officer in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I convinced him that planned affirmative action for blacks was long overdue. Houston came to the conclusion that only a systematic attack on the legal basis of segregated education would undermine the Jim Crow laws.

    The video untangles the individual cases and the basic preparation that went into the campaign to unseat the Jim Crow laws. In a taut, constitutional, detective-story style, the film examines the cases that led to the landmark decision in the 1954 case of Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education.

    Finally, the video revisits the New South of integrated schools and black officials. Though much has changed, it's clear America still has far to go along the road to equality and social justice.

    This is a video that would lend itself to use in both high school and college political science courses. It is well organized and leaves nothing to the imagination of the viewer. Recommended.

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