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African Americans & the Educational System

Race to Execution.

Follows the cases of two death row inmates to examine the problem of race discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly with regard to death penalty sentencing. Explores the roles of the Supreme Court, prosecutors, juries, politicians, media, and public opinion on capital punishment. Includes interviews with relatives of both the accused and the victims, as well as legal and social experts. A film by Rachel Lyon. c2006. 54 min.

Racism 101.

Examines the problem of racial conflict on American college campuses focusing on instances and patterns of racism at the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College in 1987 and 1988. 58 min.
Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Re-writing History (Teach It Like It Was: Re-righting History (Teach It Like It Was)

Program explores issues centered around multicultural education and bias in school textbooks; uses interviews and some footage from Oakland, California community discussions on a set of allegedly racist textbooks. Producer-director, Neal Cassidy ; San Francisco State University, Department of Broadcast Communication Arts. 1992. 30 min.

Reading, Writing & Race.

This program looks at the impact of affirmative action admissions policies, speech codes, and race relations on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Includes drama students enacting plays about racial conflicts and intolerance on campus. The film also examines the debate in California over a series of social studies textbooks which are under fire from critics, who charge that they do not adequately reflect California's multicultural heritage. 1991. 60 min.

School Colors.

This in-depth documentary looks at a turbulent year at Berkeley High School in California, focusing on teachers, students, and parents struggling with the question of whether diversity will enrich American society or tear it apart. 143 min.
Reviews and articles: Goodman, Walter. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York Times v144 (Tue, Oct 18, 1994):B3(N), C20(L), col 1 Leonard, John. "School Colors." (television program reviews) New York v27, n42 (Oct 24, 1994):70.

School, The Story of American Public Education: A Struggle for Educational Equality, 1950-1980.

Part 3: This segment shows how impressive gains in education masked profound inequalities: Seventeen states had segregated schools. Beginning with the 1950s, this program examines the issues that prompted such milestones as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. c2001. Dist.: Films Media Group. 55 min.

Shattering the Silences.

Documentary explores issues of faculty diversity in American higher education in the mid-1990s, focusing on the professional and personal experiences of eight minority scholars in the humanities and social sciences at various institutions. 86 min.
Related web sites: Shattering the Silences website (PBS)

That Delicate Balance II--Our Bill of Rights: Equality and the Individual.

Fred Friendly hosts this series on the Bill of Rights and its effect on the United States. This program explores the problems of racial imbalances in public institutions, the constitutionality of all-black-male public schools, and other issues from the current political debate. 58 min.

The Color Line on Campus.

For most U.S. colleges today, racial diversity is a goal -- but almost nine years after the Brown decision, it was quite another story. This 1963 program features interviews with James Meredith and other African-American students who broke ground and tradition at universities in the South. Faced with attitudes ranging from passive tolerance to violent rejection, each had achieved enrollment, but not acceptance. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on January 25, 1963 on CBS Eyewitness News. 30 min.

The Eye of the Storm</a>.

Award winning documentary records an innovative experiment in which a third-grade teacher divides her all-white class into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making each group superior or inferior on successive days. The program demonstrates the nature and effects of bigotry by showing changes brought about in the children's behavior and learning patterns. 26 min.
See also: A Class Divided 26 min. Related web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

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