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African American Studies

African American Lives

Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker, Quincy Jones, Sara-Lawrence-Lightfoot, Mae Jemison, T.D. Jakes, Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg. Listening to our past / producer and director, Jesse Sweet -- The promise of freedom / producer and director, Leslie Asako Gladsjo -- Searching for our names / producer and director, Leslie D. Farrell -- Beyond the middle passage / producer and director, Graham Judd. Music, Michael Bacon.

African American Soldiers & Japanese Internment During WWII

Contents: Challenge to democracy / U.S. Office of War Information, Domestic Branch, Bureau of Motion Pictures (1944, 17 min.) -- Close harmony / sponsored by General Motors (1942, 11 min.) -- Farmer Henry Browne / U.S. Dept of Agriculture (1942, 11 min.) -- Japanese relocation / U.S. Office of War Information, Domestic Branch, Bureau of Motion Pictures (1943, 9 min.) -- Negro colleges in wartime / U.S. Office of War Information, Domestic Branch, Bureau of Motion Pictures (1943, 9 min.).

African Americans (Multicultural Peoples of North America).

One of a 15 part series which celebrates the heritage of fifteen different cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America, showing the unique traditions they brought with them, and who they are today. Each volume discusses when and why each group emigrated, where they settled, which occupations they engaged in, and who the important leaders are within each community. 30 min.

African Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century

Contains a rich body of primary and secondary source material, critical essays by prominent film scholars, biographies, film reviews and clips, tracing the history of African Americans in film and black films from 1894 to 1950. Includes an interactive searchable database that contains more than 3,300 movies emphasizing the contributions of African Americans to cinema.

African Americans in the West. Lecture by Quintard Taylor

Historian and university professor Quintard Taylor presents an overview of African American history in the West and comments on his book "In search of a racial frontier, a history of African-Americans in the West.". Originally filmed on March 11, 1995. 48 min.

Africans in America

A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. 1998. Produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell, Susan Bellows. 90 min. each installment Africans in America, Part 1: The Terrible Transformation.This first episode examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history.

After Ten Years: The Court and the Schools

The 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling made it clear that segregation would not be tolerated and that states must comply with federal law. In this program, filmed ten years after Brown, news correspondents report on the mixed progress made toward integrating public schools in Nashville, New Rochelle, New Orleans and Prince Edward County, Virginia. Stumbling blocks such as faculty segregation, busing and segregational zoning are examined. A discussion featuring Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy, Gov. of Georgia Carl Sanders and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP concludes the program.

Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Documentary telling of the struggle of Black visual artists in the 1920's and1930's to show and sell their work. It describes the influence of the Harmon Foundation in creating an artistic home where Black visual artists flourished and developed a wide range of talent. Also included were items in the show curated by the Newark Museum to celebrate the work of the Foundation. Dist.: PBS. 57 min.

Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Alice Walker on Zora Neale Hurston.

Discussion and reading at the American Poetry Archives, San Francisco State University, 10/20/80. [preservation copy]

All Power to the People!: The Black Panther Party and Beyond .

This powerful documentary provides the historical context for the establishment of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in the mid-1960's. Government documents, rare news clips, interviews with ex-activists and FBI/CIA agents define the bloody conflict between political dissent and repressive government authority in the U.S. during the period of the 60s and the 70s. Directed by Lee Lew-Lee. 1996. 115 min.
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