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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

Detroit Riot 1967: A Community Speaks

This documentary chronicles the sociological and physical devastation, as well as the rebuilding, of the community where the 1967 Detroit riots occurred. Provides historical context of Detroit prior to 1967 and utilizes interviews and footage to explore the causes of the riots, document the destruction, and illustrate the subsequent rebuilding efforts. 2003. 56 min. [preservation copy]

Dream Deferred.

Produced by SNCC for its southern voter registration drive in 1964, the year of the Mississippi Summer. Contains interviews with activists, voter registrants and leaders, and features Fannie Lou Hamer's speech, including her famous line: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." Dist.: Estuary Press. 33 min.

Exposures of a Movement.

Profiles black photojournalists during the Civil Rights Movement in North and South Carolina. On the front lines, these black photographers took a lot of chances and suffered the same fire hoses and German Shepherds as everyone else. Performer: Alex Rivera, Cecil J. Williams, Count Jackson, James Peeler, George Shinhoster, Jack Claiborne, Thomas Battle, Andrew Young, David Goldfield, Charles Jones, Harvey Gantt, Todd Duncan, Diane Curtain, Thomas Johnson. 1996. 27 min.

Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads.

8 parts. 60 min. ea. Part 1, The Time Has Come, 1964-1966. During the decade of civil rights protest in the South, a sense of urgency and anger emerged from the black communities in the North. This urgency was best articulated by Malcolm X, then National Minister of the Nation of Islam. Viewers follow the trajectory of Malcolm X's influence, both within the movement and outside.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years.

A comprehensive history of the people, the stories, the events, and the issues of the civil rights struggle in America. Presents behind-the-scenes insights into such major events as the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Part 1, Awakenings, 1954-1956. This first episode of six discusses the history of segregation in the U.S., focusing on the South, and the impact of the 1954 Supreme Court decision against segregation in Brown vs Board of Education.

FBI's War on Black America.

Looks at the FBI's Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program) operations. 50 min.

February One.

Tells the inspiring story of four remarkable young men who initiated the lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC on February 1, 1960. Based largely on first hand accounts and rare archival footage, the film documents one volatile winter in Greensboro that not only challenged public accommodation customs and law in North Carolina, but served as a blueprint for the wave of non-violent civil rights protests that swept across the South and the nation throughout the 1960's. c2004. Full length (61 min.) version and abbreviated (20 min.)

Forgotten Fires

A documentary about the burning of two Afro-American churches near Manning, South Carolina in June, 1995 by Ku Klux Klan members. Frank interviews with the victims, the perpetrators, their families, and people who live in the community transforms the event into a complex account of racism, poverty, denial, repentance and forgiveness. 57 min. 1998.

Freedom Bound.

Documents the attempt of Negro citizens in Mississippi to register and vote despite intimidation, official brutality, and violence. Expresses the determination of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to assist the Negroes of Mississippi in their struggle. A film by Harvey Richards. Dist.: Estuary Press. 1963. 28 min.