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African American History 1900 to 1940


Documentary about three communities which forcibly expelled African American residents between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Includes interviews with residents from those communities: Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas; Forsyth County, Georgia. Produced and directed by Marco Williams. 2007. 84 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

Flyers in Search of a Dream

Documents the adventures of early black aviators. Includes Bessie Coleman, the first Black pilot to be licensed; William J. Powell, Sr., an early promoter of airmindedness in the black community; Herbert Julian, who pursued a controversial career as showman and promoter of black aviation; and James Herman Banning, the first black pilot to successfully complete a transcontinental flight in 1932. 58 min.

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

A film biography of Frantz Fanon, one of the most influential theorists of the anti-colonial movements of our century. Reveals not only the facts of his life but his long and tortuous inner journey. Includes interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon's work and moving dramatizations of crucial moments in his life. Film follows Fanon from his birth in Martinique in 1925, through medical school in France, to his work in Algeria where he joined the turbulent liberation struggle. Director, Isaac Julien ; written by Isaac Julien & Mark Nash c1995.

Goin' to Chicago.

Chronicles the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West by telling the personal stories of a group of older Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta who have returned to Greenville, Mississippi for a reunion with family and friends. Participants talk about their lives and their reasons for moving North. Includes historical footage of Mississippi and Chicago. 70 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War One

"For almost 300 years African Americans served a nation that would not serve them." This is the history of the 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) the first Negro Regiment during WWI. As an American regiment they served under the French, compiling an astounding war record; the outfit was 191 days under fire, never lost a foot of ground or had a man taken prisoner. The regiment earning several unit citations along with many individual decorations for valor from the French government.

I Remember Harlem.

Traces the rise, decline, and regeneration of America's largest Black community over three centuries. 60 min. ea. :1-4

Inside the Ku Klux Klan: Faces of Hate

In this program, the leaders of the American Knights of the KKK and the Invisible Empire of the KKK air their views and discuss their efforts to recruit members through rallies, the Internet, and pamphlets. Civil rights crusaders, authors, representatives of the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League, and religious and civic leaders analyze the Klan's rhetoric and ideology. Contains extensive footage of Klan rallies. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2000. 53 min.

Lynching: The Heinous Past.

Documents the history of lynching in the United States. The film is punctuated by reproductions of picture postcards depicting lynches, collected by James Cameron, who has created a museum in Milwaukee dedicated to keeping alive this memory of man's inhumanity. 22 min.
web web sites: Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Marcus Garvey Look For Me in the Whirlwind.

Uses a wealth of archival film, photographs and documents to uncover the story of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican immigrant who between 1916 and 1921 built the largest black mass movement in world history. It explores his dramatic successes and failures before his fall into obscurity through interviews with people who witnessed the Garvey movement first hand more than 80 year ago as they communicate the appeal of Garvey's revolutionary ideas to a generation of African Americans. Directed by Stanley Nelson.

Marcus Garvey: Toward Black Nationhood

A documentary combining archival material and live interviews with Marcus Garvey, Jr., and others, which introduces the life and work of the pioneer Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. 45 min.