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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

The Intolerable Burden

Documentary film of how Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter enrolled the youngest eight of their thirteen children in the public schools of Drew, Mississippi in 1965, which were all-white schools. The Drew school board had initiated a "freedom of choice" plan to bring the district in compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but Blacks were not expected to choose all-white schools. It also looks at how the schools have slowly become "resegregated" in recent years, leading to poorer educational opportunities. 2002. 57 min.

The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America.

Shows graphically the 120-year infamy of the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror. 30 min.

The Klan: The Invisible Empire. (CBS Reports)

Shortly before this program was filmed in 1965, Klansmen were implicated in the murders of five people. Here Charles Kuralt presents an in-depth look at the Klan, featuring its history, its influence, the application process, and rare coverage of an initiation rite. Kuralt asks Klan leaders how they can avoid responsibility for violence when they themselves repeatedly whip up their followers to action.

The Murder of Emmett Till

The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Dist.: PBS. 2003. 60 min.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

A 4-part series offering the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement presenting the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed. A film by Bill Jersey, c2002. 56 min. each installment

The Road to Brown: The Untold Story of "The Man Who Killed Jim Crow".

The story of segregation and the brilliant legal campaign against it which helped to launch the Civil Rights movement. Also a moving and long-overdue tribute to a daring but little known Black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston - "the man who killed Jim Crow." 50 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalogFull-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

The Road to Mississippi: Reclaiming Our HistoryЖ.

Students travel to the South to interview residents of the area where the film Mississippi Burning was produced. They seek to discover the true history of the civil rights movement from those who loved it, rather than from the distortions presented in the Hollywood film. 30 min.

The Second American Revolution.

Hosts Bill Moyers, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis examine the search of Blacks for racial equality in Twentieth Century America. 116 min.

The Strange Demise of Jim Crow: How Houston Desegregated Its Public Accomodations,

Told by the participants themselves, this documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes compromises, negotiations, and the controversial news black-outs which helped bring about the quiet 1960 desegregation of Houston's hotels, restaurants, lunch counters, and theaters. 1997. 57 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

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