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Covering the South. National Symposium on the Media and the Civil Rights Movement, April 3-5, 1987 / University of Mississippi. Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Six panel discussions by print and television journalists who do an in-depth examination of how coverage by the news media influenced the Civil Rights Movement and the historical revolution it spawned. Many personal anecdotes are related by Caucasian and Afro-American journalists of their experiences covering the movement including becoming targets of threats and violence. Approximately 86 min. each. Birth of the Movement, World War II through the 1950's. Covers the early years of the movement including such events as the Montgomery bus boycott, the integration of Central High in Little Rock, James Meredith's enrollment at the University of Mississippi and the murder of Emmett Till.
Reviews and articles:
Wagner, Terry. "America's Civil Rights Revolution: Three Documentaries about Emmett Till's Murder in Mississippi (1955)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Jun2010, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p187-201, 15p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
The Mass Movement, 1960-64. Part I. This panel covers the events of 1960-1964 including lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Riders, the Birmingham riots, continuing civil unrest in Little Rock and Selma and James Meredith's continued matriculation at the University of Mississippi. The Mass Movement, 1960-64. Part II. Continues the coverage of events of 1960-1964 including commentary on the murder of Emmett Till, sit-ins, Freedom Riders, riots in Atlanta with particular commentary on the new young educated black leadership which emerged during the struggle typified by Martin Luther King Jr. The Political Movement, 1965-67. Covers the events of 1965-1967 including commentary on the Selma-Montgomery Freedom March, the impact of the signing of the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the ensuing Watts Riots which expanded the Civil Rights movement from the South to include all of America. The Bottom Line, the Decision Makers.97 min. Aftermath, 1968 to the Present.This panel examines the current issues of civil rights, what has changed and what has not changed; issues which have become much more complex in the ensuing 25 years. 113 min.