UC Berkeley Library

African American History 1970 to the present

A People's Temple Meeting with Jim Jones.

Features Jim Jones presiding over a meeting, presumably in Berkeley. Members offer testimony and songs in praise of Jim Jones and the Lord. Rare black and white footage of unknown origin and date. 30 min.

Affirmative Action Under Fire: When is it Reverse Discrimination?

The account of a reverse discrimination court case over the firing in 1989 of a white teacher in a Piscataway, New Jersey high school because of her race. Shows how this court case became a national battle for affirmative action and how affirmative action preference advocates paid the white teacher $450,000 to drop her case in order to avoid a Supreme Court decision that would potentially invalidate all affirmative action programs in the United States.

Affirmative Action: The History of an Idea.

Explores the historical roots of affimative action and the current debate over its usefulness. Looks at several different affirmative action programs including the Univ. of California, Berkeley, the U.S. Army, federal aid to minority businesses, and affirmative action in the Chicago Police Dept. Includes archival footage and features interviews with a wide array of academic scholars. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1996. 56 min.

Another America

Both the riots in Los Angeles and the murder of an uncle at his store in Detroit forced the filmmaker to start a personal investigation to examine the relationships between the Korean-American and Afro-American communities. Through his camera and many personal interviews, Cho reveals a rarely seen portrait of life in the inner city and takes a hard look at his own uncle's murder, telling how this crime affected not only his family, but the entire city. A film by by Michael Cho. 56 min.

Death in the Hood

Portland, Oregon has seen a dramatic rise in youth violence, especially in the neighborhoods in North and Northeast Portland. This documentary examines how youths have responded to this violence, the rise in black on black violence, and the effects it's had on the neighborhoods. Includes commentary by community activists, educators, health and law enforcement professionals and gang members and also shows some innovative efforts in Portland schools to deal with the problem. 1996. 29 min.

Finally Got the News

A documentary presenting the workers' view of working conditions inside Detroit's auto factories. It focuses on the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in their efforts to build an independent African American labor organization which, unlike the United Auto Workers, would respond to the racism and dangerous working conditions faced by African American workers in the industry. It also explores the educational "tracking," the role of African American women in the labor force, and racial relations between workers. 1970. 55 min.

Fires in the Mirror

On Aug. 19, 1991 in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, N.Y.) a Hasidic man accidentally runs over a Black boy (Gavin Cato). Three hours later a young Jewish scholar (Yankel Rosenbaum) was murdered by Black youths. Four days of fire-bombing and riots ensued. Smith acts out the roles of these 18 persons involved in the racial conflict, trying to present the differing views of this serious problem. Includes actual film footage of the riots and violence. 82 min. [preservation copy]

Focus Reparations

In this program, NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Bracket reports on a Chicago resolution in support of reparations to descendants of African American slaves. The segment includes interviews with proponents, Dorothy Tillman, a Chicago Alderman who sponsored the resolution and Rep. John Conyers who has sponsored a congressional bill to form a presidential commission to study the concept. Also interviewed are economist Walter Williams who opposes the resolution, as well as Alderman Brian Doherty, the only board member to dissent.

Foreign Talk.

A Chinese American woman is confronted by two African American men while riding a commuter train. An excellent short narrative for discussions about cross-cultural understanding, communication and stereotypes. 11 min.
web web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Hill vs. Thomas

Archival footage covering the events surrounding the Judiciary Committee and Senate hearings regarding Anita Hill's sexual harrassment accusations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, with four CBS News correspondents providing their firsthand insights into the case. Originally broadcast on the CBS program I remember, November 18, 1997. 45 min.

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