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African American History 1950 to 1970 & Civil Rights Movement

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.

July '64

In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York--the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination and a significant event in the Civil Rights era. Using archival footage and interviews with those who were present, the film explores the genesis and outcome of those three nights. Director, Carvin Eison. 2004. 54 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalog

Kennedy v. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close.

(American Experience) A film originally made in 1963 of President John F. Kennedy and the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, during the confrontation over desegregation of Alabama schools. Re-edited to include thoughts of U.S. Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach. 60 min.

Let Freedom Ring

Despite the colossal and continuing legacy of America’s civil rights era, the movement is often best understood through the historical moments in which it took place. This NBC News program presents original coverage from frontline correspondents and camera teams at work during critical junctures in America’s battle for racial equality. Examines the Greensboro sit-ins; the Freedom Rider phenomenon; the efforts by, in support of, and against black students entering southern schools and universities; the March on Washington; and other events and initiatives.

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later

In 1957, Little Rock Central became a symbol of the struggles and hopes of the Civil Rights Movement. African-American students were not allowed into the building. An eye-opening look at racial equality, education, and class at the high school today. Directed, produced, and filmed by Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud. c2007. 70 min.

Lowndes County Freedom Party.

This program examines the rise of Stokely Carmichael and his Lowndes County Freedom Party, which he formed to get blacks registered to vote. These efforts are examined against the backdrop of murder and intimidation which accompanied the struggle for civil rights. None of the Party's candidates were ultimately elected, but the groundwork had been laid for the poor and disenfranchised in the South to gain political power. 25 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

Making Sense of the Sixties.

Part 5, Picking up the Pieces Discusses how and why more extreme splinter groups like the Black Panthers came to be, as well as two new movements: the environmental movement and the women's movement. Finally, it recreates the national mood at the end of the decade when the Vietnam vets came home, when hundreds of Black Panthers were arrested or killed, when Richard Nixon was forced to resign, and when the country is held hostage by OPEC. 58 min. each.
Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

March on Washington

Featuring Odetta, Joan Baez, Marian Anderson, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963 civil rights march in Washington D.C. shows preparation work, people marching, performances and speeches at the Lincoln Memorial. Includes Martin Luther King Jr. giving his "I have a dream" speech.

Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 8.)

When Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968 Memphis--like Dallas in 1963--became a symbol of hope extinguished. This program examines the Civil Rights Movement and the last few years of Martin Luther King's life with emphasis on the sanitation workers strike in Memphis, Tennessee and the killing of America's greatest civil rights leader, its impact on Afro-Americans and the nation. 46 min.