UC Berkeley Library

African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

CBS ReportsЖ

Historic CBS programs (1960s-70s) dealing with issues related to African American equality and civil rights. Dist.: Films Media Group.

City of Promise (America's War on Poverty; 3).

The context for the war on poverty shifts after 1965. Urban rebellions provoke a sense of urgency for some, while others now see the war against poverty as hopeless. Increasingly, the media and the public equate poverty with inner-city black communities. This program looks at the anger and despair of the poor and the powerless, and the anger and frustration of the middle class at having to pay for "others' mistakes." It also examines attempts made in Newark, New Jersey, to reclaim the inner city through public/private partnerships. 57 min. [preservation copy]

Civil Rights Movement: Primary SourcesЖ.

Dist.: Films Media Group. Clinton and the Law. Clinton High was the first school in Tennessee to desegregate -- an experience that led to chaos and violence. This program reports on the town's efforts in 1957 to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's mandate in the face of coercive opposition. Footage of the Rev. Paul Turner preaching brotherhood and John Kasper expounding in his rhetoric of intolerance creates a vivid portrait of the times.

Commentary of a Black Southern Busrider [Rosa Parks][Sound recording]

Rosa Parks discusses her refusal to give up her seat to a white man and the resulting bus-boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. KPFA broadcast, December 20, 1962. 16 min.

Covering the South. National Symposium on the Media and the Civil Rights Movement, April 3-5, 1987 / University of Mississippi. Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Six panel discussions by print and television journalists who do an in-depth examination of how coverage by the news media influenced the Civil Rights Movement and the historical revolution it spawned. Many personal anecdotes are related by Caucasian and Afro-American journalists of their experiences covering the movement including becoming targets of threats and violence. Approximately 86 min. each. Birth of the Movement, World War II through the 1950's.

Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

Drew Associates; producer, Gregory Shuker; film makers, Richard Leacock; James Lipscomb, D.A. Pennebaker, Hope Ryden. In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, forced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would prevent two black students from entering the all-white University of Alabama.

Crossing the Bridge

On March 7, 1965 a group of civil rights activists attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery in order to register to vote. As they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, violence erupted as the police attacked the marchers in a bloody, unprovoked assault that shocked the nation, resulting in far-reaching repercussions. 2002. 50 min.

Dateline Freedom: Civil Rights and the Press.

Tells the compelling, behind-the-scenes story of members of the press covering the struggles of the civil rights movement. Mostly white, mostly male and Southern, these journalists share their recollections. 30 min.

Death of a Prophet.

A docu-drama that follows Malcolm X on his last day, Sunday February 21, 1965. Stars Morgan Freeman et al. 60 min.

Defining Black Power[Sound recording]

This series serves as a history lesson for the young and a reminder to those who lived through those times that the issue of African American political power is complex and that the field of thought on the subject is diverse. Rosa Parks -- James Baldwin -- Bayard Rustin/Malcolm X -- Fannie Lou Hamer -- Angela Davis -- Elijah Muhammad -- Malcolm X -- Stokley Carmichael -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Huey Newton -- Eldridge Cleaver -- Maulana Karenga -- H. Rap Brown -- Leroi Jones -- John Hope Franklin. Pacifica Radio Archive, [2000] 210 min.

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