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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis TillЖ

This film that helped reopen one of history's most notorious cold case civil rights murders, is the result of the director's 10-year journey to uncover the truth. In August, 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle's home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos : whistling at a white woman in public.

Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966. [Sound recording]

Contents: Freedom medley: Freedom chant ; Oh freedom ; Thislittle light of mine -- This little light of mine --If you miss me from the back of the bus -- Lord, holdmy hand while I run this race -- Get on board,children -- Calypso freedom -- Freedom now chant -- Ohfreedom -- Ain' scared of nobody -- Leaning on the everlasting arms -- Sermon / Rev.

Voices of the Civil Rights(History Channel: The Sixties)

From the fearless resolve of a single woman to the remarkable voice of thousands marching, this History Channel special offers an overview of one of America's great defining periods. A compilation of materials on the civil rights movement, from personal narratives of life in the period, to insights into the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, to the 1965 march on Montgomery, along with biographies of two of the leaders of the movement. Contents: Disc 7. Voices of civil rights (44 min., c2005) ; Mississippi State secrets (44 min., c2001) ; Crossing the bridge (44 min., c2001) -- Disc 8.

We Shall Overcome

Traces the transformation of the title song from an old slave spiritual to the anthem of the civil rights movement, while chronicling its effect on human rights movements in the United States and in other parts of the world, using historical footage and personal recollections. Narrator: Harry Belafonte. Performers: Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Peter, Paul & Mary, the SNCC Freedom Singers, Guy Carawan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Desmond Tutu. 1989. 58 min.

We'll Never Turn Back.

Includes segments on Julian Bond, Bob Moses, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights leaders. Interviews black farmers and share croppers about their experiences trying to register to vote. A film by Harvey Richards. Dist.: Estuary Press. 1963. 33 min.
Reviews and articles: Richards, Paul. ""Harvey Richards/Civil Rights Movement." Syndic Liteary Journal, no. 5Full-text of this article / review is available:

You Got to Move!

A documentary about personal and social transformation, YOU GOT TO MOVE records the progress of individuals who, together with Tennessee's legendary Highlander Folk School, founded by Myles Horton, have worked for union, civil, environmental, and women's rights in the South. The film takes us beyond the individual issues to the very process of social change and the evolution of leadership. At a time when so many people may feel powerless, this film joyfully announces people do count, that they can make a difference. Directed and edited by Lucy Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver. 1985.

[Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas] Simple Justice.

(American Experience) Recounts the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. 133 min.

[Bunche, Ralph] Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey

An in-depth documentary examining the personal and professional life of Ralph Bunche, the statesman and diplomat who was one of the founders of the United Nations and later received the Nobel Prize for his peacemaking efforts. A film by William Greaves. Based on the biography Ralph Bunche : an American life / by Brian Urquhart (Main Stack E748.B885.U76 1993; Moffitt E748.B885.U76 1993). A film by William Greaves 72 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

[Farmer James] Race relations in Crisis (An Open Mind Special)

Presents discussions on race relations in America in 1963. On the panel were James Farmer, founder and National Director of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality; Wyatt Tee Walker, Chief of Staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Congress lead by Martin Luther King; Allan Morrison, New York editor of Ebony magazine; and Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, striking a contrary and eerily prophetic tone in the midst of this plaintive and urgent discussion.

[Hamer, Fannie Lou] Fannie Lou Hamer[Sound recording]

v. 1. Collected speeches of Fannie Lou Hammer [sic] : A collection of several speeches made by this fiery civil rights activist & leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party -- v. 2. Fannie Lou Hamer interviewed by Colin Edwards : feminine Black power at work in the jungle of Mississippi Democratic party politics -- v. 3. Vietnam moratorium rally at Berkeley-Berkeley : includes speeches by Fannie Lou Hamer and Roger Alvarado, October 1969. Pacifica Radio Archive.