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African American Literature & the Arts

[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson.

A biography of the black man who became both a famous singer and actor who used his international acclaim to focus world attention on racial injustices suffered by Afro-Americans. His efforts world-wide for working class people in the 1930s, 40s and 50s are highlighted in this documentary. By 1950, Robeson's battle for freedom had cost him his rising career. Includes film clips from his performances, including Black spirituals and folk songs of other nations, interviews and archival photographs. 1994. 36 min.

[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson: Here I Stand

Presents the life and achievements of Paul Robeson, an athlete, singer, scholar and champion of the rights of the poor, disenfranchised and people of color. c1999. 127 min. ; also on VHS

[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson: Scandalize My Name

A biography of the Paul Robeson, the African-American actor of film and stage, athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator, lawyer, and basso profondo concert singer who was also noted for his wide-ranging social justice activism. Focuses on the unrelenting persecutions and blacklisting he suffered throughout his life in response to his outspoken criticism of the treatment of black Americans. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics, actors and his son, Paul Robeson, Jr. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min.

[Robeson, Paul] Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (Paul Robeson : Portraits of the Artist)

Traces Paul Robeson's career through his artistic triumphs, political activism and his socially charged performances of his signature song, "Ol' Man River." Special features: Audio commentary for the Emperor Jones by historian Jeffrey C. Stewart ; Our Paul: remembering Paul Robeson, a new video program with filmaker William Greaves and actors Ruby Dee and James Earl Jones ; Robeson on Robeson, a new video interview with Paul Robeson, Jr. 1979. 29 min.
Awards Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects

[Robeson, Paul] Tribute to Paul Robeson. [Sound recording}

Paul Robeson performs many of his songs, along with excerpts from his theatrical and opera performances. 151 min. Poetry readings

[Smith, Anna Deavere] Anna Deavere Smith [Interview]

Interview with Anna Deavere Smith, writer, performer and social commentator on her view of the state of race relations in the United States. Concludes with a brief look at human rights films by the Black Audio Film Collective of London, which concerns itself with Black and Afro-Caribbean experiences in the United Kingdom. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 23, 1994. 27 min.

[Walker, Alice] A Celebration of Black Women in Literature, Alice Walker.

Dramatization of part of Alice Walker's novel, Meridian, with comments and insights by the author. 25 min.

[Walker, Alice] Alice Walker (Lannan Literary Videos; 14).

Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker reads poems and excerpts from her novels, "The Color Purple" and "The Temple of My Familiar" in Los Angeles on January 9, 1989. Evelyn White interviews Walker at her home. 60 min.

[Walker, Alice] Alice Walker.

Poetry reading at the American Poetry Archives, San Francisco State University, 3/21/79. 40 min.