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African American Studies

[Williams, Mabel] Self Respect, Self Defense and Self Determination

Introduction: Angela Davis ; moderator, Rachel Herzing ; speakers, Mabel Williams, Kathleen Cleaver. Mabel Williams and Kathleen Cleaver, two women of the 60s Black liberation struggle share their personal experiences -- resisting the KKK and police repression, forced exile and their international experiences in Third World nations -- and how their their story relates to the struggle today. Recorded in Oakland, California on March 14, 2004. Program presented by Freedom Archives, East Side Arts Alliance, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. 72 min.

[Williams, Rob] Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power.

Forefather of the Black Power movement and pioneer in internationalizing the Black American struggle, tells the story of Robert F. Williams, a Civil Rights fighter who dared to advocate armed self-defense against the racist terrorism of the Jim Crow South. Directors, Sandra Dickson, Churchill Roberts. 2005. 53 min.
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[Wilson, August] August Wilson: A Conversation with August Wilson.

The playwright, August Wilson, describes his role as passing down the practical and spiritual wisdom of the African American community and his plays and writings. He expounds upon the influence of black traditions like storytelling and blues music in contributing to his plays. 22 min.
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[Wright, Richard] Richard Wright: Black Boy.

Biographical sketch of the Afro-American writer, Richard Wright. Includes a discussion of his literary works and the times in which he lived, weaving together dramatic recreations from Wright's work and recollections of friends and scholars. It follows Wright's journey from a childhood of poverty through the Chicago Black cultural renaissance of the 1930's, the Communist Party during the Depression, the MacCarthy-era, the American expatriate community in 1950's Paris and his final years. 1994. 87 min.

[Wright, Richard] Richard Wright: Writing is His Weapon

Discusses the life, work, and ideas of the black American novelist Richard Wright. Born to poor sharecroper parents in the deep South in 1908, this self-taught author, whose novels focus on the harsh life experiences of Afro-Americans refused to let the obstacles of segregation, limited educational facilities and racism discourage him. 1995. 25 min.
African Americans and the Educational System

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