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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

At the River I Stand.

Documentary of two 1968 events in the civil rights movement-- the sanitation workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shows how the black community, local civil rights leaders, and AFSCME mobilized behind the strikers in mass demonstrations and a boycott of downtown businesses. Directors, David Appleby, Allison Graham, Steven John Ross. 59 min. CINE Film & Video Awards 1994 (Golden Eagle)

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Baldwin vs Buckley

Debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, October 26, 1965. Sponsored by the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge University. The topic of the debate was "The American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro".

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Baldwin's Nigger

A striking portait of the writer James Baldwin at his sharp-witted best, addressing a group of radical West Indian students in 1960s London. Accompanied by comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Baldwin discusses what it means to be black in America, comparing it to the experience of the British Black community. Produced and directed by Horace Ove. 1969. 44 min. Online Access through LFLFC .

Black Civil Rights Films

Contents: Integration report, Part one / producer, Madeline Anderson (1960, 20 min.) -- Poverty in rural America / National Audiovisual Center (1965, 28 min.) -- What about prejudice? / Centron Corporation (1959, 12 min.).

Black Power

A discussion between American writer Nat Hentoff and William F. Buckley on the meaning of the term "Black Power," its opponents and implications for race relations and the Black community. Includes significant discussion of the quality of education in "Black ghettos," the writings of James Baldwin and the removal of Adam Clayton Powell from office. Originally taped as an episode of the television program Firing Line on March 7, 1967. 50 min.

Black Power Mixtapes

During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60s and 70s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home. Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. The tape highlights the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time. Features: featurette; additional interviews with Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, and Louis Farrakhan; trailer.

Briars in the Cottonpatch.

Tells the nearly forgotten story of Koinonia Farm, a small Christian community founded by Clarence Jordan in Southwest Georgia in 1942 where whites and blacks chose to live and work together as equals despite the brutal and frightening consequences. Surrounded by segregationalist Georgians, they withstood bullets, bombs and boycotts in the years leading up to the tumultuous Civil Rights era. This award winning documentary examines the remarkable events that tested the moral boundaries of a community and planted the seeds for the global work of Habitat for Humanity. 2012. 57 min.

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story

This a contemporary American civil rights documentary uses the bitter struggle over equal housing rights in Yonkers, New York during the 1980s to show the 'massive resistance' the Civil Rights movement confronted when it moved North. The story is told through the passionate experiences of Yonkers residents on both sides of the issue. Special features (61 min.): 5 additional interviews (59 min. total); epilogue (2 min.). Written, produced & directed by Bill Kavanagh. 2007. 53 min.

By River, By Rail

African-Americans recount the story of the early 20th century migration of blacks to the Northern states with a backdrop of songs, art and music of the era. They tell of separated families, of the hardships, prejudice, and struggle for acceptance in the North that resulted in disillusionment. Black luminaries include authors James Cameron and Lucille Clifton, Jacob Lawrence, artist and creator of the Black Migration series, Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, poet Maya Angelou and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998.

By-line Newsreel. (Tyler-Texas Black Film Collection: The Missing Link in Black Cinema)

Newsreels providing close-ups of black leaders in government and sports. Produced by Bill Alexander and Biddy Wood, 1956/1957.Vol. 1: Opens with shots of black government officials in the Eisenhower Administration followed by footage of Marine Reservists departing for basic training. In sports, the Baltimore Colts with black star Lenny Moore, take on the Chicago Bears, with black star Bobby Watkins. Fashion models wearing "I like Ike" buttons are shown followed by an interview with Mrs. Carmel Carrington Marr, A U.N. official. Vol.