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African American History 1970 to the present

Million Man March

An analysis and highlights of the Million Man March organized by Louis Farrakhan and attended by Afro-American men from all walks of life. Held in Washington D.C. on October 16, 1995. 57 min.

Million Man March Special.

Coverage and analysis of the Million Man March including live crowd shots, interviews with rally participants on the Mall, and speechs by African American men from all walks of life, ending with a 2-1/2 hour speech by march organizer Louis Farrakhan. 400 mins.

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?

America's most "celebrated" death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal, speaks for the first time behind prison walls. Mumia was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of a 25 year-old white Philadelphia policeman. His conviction has been protested by activists and celebrities who call him a political prisoner because of the perceived irregularities in both the evidence and the conduct of his trial. Produced and directed by John Edginton. 1997. 74 min.

News Coverage of People's Temple Suicides in Guyana.

Extracts from news immediately following the tragedy orchestrated by Jim Jones, leader of the People's Temple. Excerpts from news coverage of Milk/Moscone assassinations which followed shortly after Guyana. 60 min.


Explores the embittering effect the Rodney King verdict rebellion had on a group of Korean American women shopkeepers. It underscores the shattering of the American Dream while taking the media to task for playing up the "Korean-Black" aspect of the rioting. This film provides a perspective that is essential to discussions of the L.A. riots, ethnic relations, and racism in the United States. Includes interviews with the filmakers Elaine Kim and Christine Choy. 41 min.

Seven Days in Bensonhurst.

The 1989 murder of Yusef Hawkins by white youths in the Bensonhurst section of New York City set off a racial and political fire storm. On the eve of the first verdicts in the murder case, writer Shelby Steele returns to talk to the participants and tries to unravel the forces that propelled this racial crisis. From the television program, Frontline. 59 min. [preservation copy]
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State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department.

Investigates police brutality in Los Angeles both before and after the beating of Rodney King while presenting grassroots solutions for police reform. Through interviews with L.A.P.D. officers and supervisors, the tape reveals what life is like behind the thin blue line. 30 min.

The Bombing of Osage Avenue

Documents the military-style eviction of the Philadelphia-based black nationalist project MOVE in 1985 when city and state police converged on a city block in the heart of Afro-American Philadelphia. By the next day, 61 homes were destroyed and 11 members of the MOVE organization were dead. This documentary investigates this event and its impact on the Philadelphia community. Producer/director, Louis Massiah 1986. 58 min.

The Day After Diallo: Organizers Speak Out on Police Brutality.

Video highlights recurring police violence against people of color in the context of the killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed Black man who was shot forty-one times in the vestibule of his apartment by four members of the New York City Street Crimes Unit. On Feb. 25, 2000, a jury acquitted these officers of all charges. Protests erupted and confrontations between the police and demonstrators ensued. New York, N.Y.: Witness Project, 2000. 6 min.

The Fire This Time.

Through interviews with civic leaders, politicians and Los Angeles city residents film examines social conditions in Watts and other areas of inner city Los Angeles which have led to violence and rioting in the past. Critiques past governmental policies which have failed to correct the problem and makes suggestions for future solutions. 90 min.