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African American History 1970 to the present

The Nation of Islam: A Portrait.

A self-portrait of the followers of Elijah Muhammad, in the words of the people themselves. 60 min.

Thulani Davis asks "Why Howard Beach?"

A discussion of how the Howard Beach incident is indicative of racism in the United States. Comments on the news media's superficial treatment of this and other recent racial incidents. 30 min.

Twenty Years After: The Third World Strike

Original footage from the Third world strike and a discussion on what happened, why it happened, and what has happened since, with Carlos Munoz, Jr., Anthony Garcia, Octavio Romano V, Troy Duster.

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Two Towns of Jasper

In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. The filmmakers set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred. Originally produced in 2002 as a segment of the television series POV.

W.A.T.T.S.: We are Taught to Survive

Gains unmitigated access to the peace treaty signed by rival gangs in South Central Los Angeles and the ongoing struggles for a peaceful community. Includes interviews with members of the Crips and Bloods gangs. Produced, edited and photographed by Richard Adams. Produced as a thesis project for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. 2001. 23 min.

Watts, Riot or Revolt? (CBS Reports)

Were the Watts riots part of a social revolution, a festering illness or a carnival of senseless violence? And why did it first erupt in L.A. and not in another major American city? This news program, filmed just a few months after the riots, presents a study of the principal events that ignited the conflagration in the summer of 1965 in Watts. A wide variety of individuals comment on the situtation, including L.A. chief of police William H. Parker, Daniel P. Moynihan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., witnesses to the riots and rioters themselves.

[Davis, Angela] A Conversation with Angela Davis.

Interviewed by Rev. Cecil Davis. Davis speaks in jail during her incarceration in 1970 on charges of being an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping, and homicide in the Black Panther seige at the Marin County Hall of Justice (August 7, 1970). [preservation copy]
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[Farrakhan, Louis] An Interview with Louis Farrakhan.

Demagogue or insightful promoter of black responsibility? In this exclusive ABC News "Nightline" interview, Ted Koppel and Minister Louis Farrakhan discuss Farrakhan's incendiary rhetoric and charismatic leadership. Topics probed include Farrakhan's allegedly anti-Semitic statements that have alienated the Jewish community, and his friendship with and billion-dollar gift from Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. Farrakhan also discusses his pivotal roles as organizer of the Million Man March and spokesman for African-American Muslims. 1998. 22 min.

[Farrakhan, Louis] God is Angry, Says Farrakhan: Black Power 1996

Reviews the Million Man March of October 1995 organized by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, and what Farrakhan means to black society. The film traces, through archival footage, the history of the black struggle for power and the civil rights movement with interviews with Stokley Carmichael who now lives in Africa, and other activists of the sixties. Commentary: Stokely Carmichael, David Hilliard, Akua Njeri, Omali Yeshitela, Robert D. Williams, Nelson Perry, Rick Tingling-Glemmons, Ishmael Muhammad, Penny Hess. 1996. 57 min.

[Farrakhan, Louis] Louis Farrakhan: Thursday, April 5, 1984 / ABC News.

A television interview with Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of a Black Muslim sect, concerning threats he made against a black reporter, Milton Coleman, who released information regarding Jesse Jackson's use of the term "hymie." 41 min.