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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

Sing for Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs. [Sound Recording]

Contents: We are soldiers in the army -- Keep your hand on the plow -- This little light -- You better leave segregation alone -- Your dog loves my dog -- Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around -- I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom -- Keep your eyes on the prize -- Oh Pritchett, oh Kelly -- Up above my head -- This little light -- Brown baby -- Which side are you on? -- I'm gonna sit at the welcome table -- Mass meeting and prayer -- Guide my feet -- I'm on my way -- Rev. Ralph Abernathy -- Yes, we want our freedom -- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference.

Conference prodeedings of veteran and youth activists gathered at Shaw University in North Carolina to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organization which formed the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement. 2011.

Soundtrack for a Revolution

Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church; music crucial in helping the protesters to face down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.

Strange Fruit

A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem and later set it to music. c2002. 58 min.

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords.

"Too long have others spoken for us". A History of African-American newspapers and journalism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. With commentary by historians, newspaper cartoonists, journalists, and photojournalists, tells of the struggles against censorship, discrimination and for freedom of the press. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson.1998. 86 min. See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

The Bloods of 'Nam.

Black Vietnam War veterans talk candidly about the discrimination and prejudice they faced from fellow soldiers, their war experiences, and their disillusionment upon returning to the United States. Directed and photographed by Wayne Ewing. Based on the book "Bloods: an oral history of the Vietnam War" edited by Wallace Terry (Main Stack DS559.5.B56 1984; Moffitt DS559.5.B56 1984). 1986. 60 min.

The Deadly Deception.

Investigates one of the most notorious medical experiments in American history; the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. African American men in Macon County, Alabama believed they were receiving free treatment for syphilis; they were instead given medicines that were worthless against the disease. It also discusses the lingering mistrust of the white medical establishment created by this study. Writer, producer and director, Denisce Diianni. 60 min. ;

The Different Drummer.

Using rare photographs, archival footage, and interviews with Black military personnel, tells of the importance of Black soldiers from the Civil War to World War I. 58 min. (preservation copy)

The Harlem Temper

In this 1963 CBS News special, CBS reporter Harry Reasoner examines the economic and political scene in Harlem, a study in miniature of black leadership in conflict and crisis throughout America. Reasoner interviews civic leaders from such organizations as CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), the National Urban League, and the NAACP, along with Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., then Congressman and pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on December 11, 1963. Dist.: Films Media Group. 58 min.

The Integration Report

Integration report, Part one: Madeline Anderson's documentary on the use of organized resistance as a force of social change in Montgomery, Alabama, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. Features 1959 and 1960 footage of demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and boycotts. Producer, Madeline Anderson. 1960. 20 min.

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