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African Americans & the Educational System

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.

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.

Black America and the Education Crisis.

Syndicated columnist Juan Williams moderates a town meeting at Howard University on the crisis of education in the black community. Educators, politicians and other prominent personalities discuss such issues as why black children score lower on standarized tests, how to improve academic performance, and Ebonics. c1997. 45 min.

Class Divided.</a>

Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled: The eye of the storm. Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. 26 min.
See also: Eye of the Storm web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

Free Speech and Racism on Campus: Nightline: June 12, 1989.

Racist attacks are on the rise on America's college campuses. This newscast asks should some kinds of free speech be censored on university campuses because of their racial or sexual content? Includes interviews with Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice, college professors and students at Stanford University and the University of Michigan. 23 min.

In Plain English.

African-American, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latin American and Native American undergraduate and graduate students discuss their expectations about college life before they came to the University of Oregon and the reality they encountered while at the university and they examine their experiences with racism and discrimination. A film by Julia Lesage. 42 min.

Inequity in the Classroom.

Examines the often subtle and inadvertent sexual and racial biases that women students frequently encounter in colleges, universities and adult education settings. 27 min.

Negro Colleges in Wartime

U.S. Office of War Information (1944, 8 min.) Included on ; also on ;

Race in the Classroom: The Multiplicity of Experience.

This video depicts moments when race and culture become major factors in the classroom dynamics. It includes vignettes based on real incidents reported by students and teachers in a university environment. 19 min.

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