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The Rape of Recy Taylor

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Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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An Outrage

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"A documentary film about lynching in the American South. Filmed on location at lynching sites in six states and bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, activists, and scholars, this unusual historical documentary educates even as it serves as a hub for action to remember a hidden past." -- Container.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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Sommersby

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When Jack Sommersby returns home to the South after the Civil War, he is not the man anyone remembers, including his wife. The real test of their newfound love and his identity comes when he stands trial for his life.
DVD
2015; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Making a Way Out of No Way [electronic resource]: (1897-1940)

This program portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence and searching for opportunities in the North and West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. The ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. The Harlem Renaissance redefined how America saw African Americans - and how African Americans saw themselves?
Online
2014; 2013
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Rise! [electronic resource]: (1940-1986)

This film examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence.The success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a movement of resistance, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its public face. Before long, masses of African Americans practiced this nonviolent approach to integrate public schools, lunch counters and more. In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated, unleashing a new call for "Black Power" across the country?
Online
2014; 2013
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Awakenings 1954-1956 [electronic resource]

Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
Online
2014; 1994
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The Great Flood

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The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock as well as developing jazz styles. THE GREAT FLOOD is a collaboration between filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell inspired by the 1927 catastrophe.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

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"Features the voices ... of twenty-six of the most luminous artists and thinkers in the American cultural firmament, from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, and C. Vann Woodward ... drawn from one-on-one interviews conducted by folklorist William Ferris over the past forty years"--Dust jacket flap.
BookCDDVD
2013
Special Collections
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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)

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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was "eloquent and prophetic." Ostracized as a "red" in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day? Bonus features include the making of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the theatrical trailer.
DVD
2012
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Southern Routes, the Southern Culture and Folklife Documentaries of Stan Woodward: Volume 5

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A selection of short films documenting Southern cooking traditions.
DVD
2012; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Southern Routes, the Southern Culture and Folklife Documentaries of Stan Woodward: Volume 3 the Olgers Chronicle

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Documentary about Jimmy Olgers and his country store, which is part museum and part stage.
DVD
2012; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Southern Routes, the Southern Culture and Folklife Documentaries of Stan Woodward: Volume 4 the Morris Chronicle

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Chronicles a 93 year old barbecue master as he butchers and barbecues a hog using old-fashioned techniques, mingles with members of a local hunt club, celebrates his 94th birthday, and attends an old-fashioned cane squeezing.
DVD
2012; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Southern Routes, the Southern Culture and Folklife Documentaries of Stan Woodward: Volume 2

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A selection of short films documenting Southern folk heritage, food and culture, and those that continue the traditions.
DVD
2012; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Liberation of L.B. Jones: A Story of Southern Hospitality

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Lord Byron Jones is a black businessman who owns a successful undertaking business, and is married to the very young and desirable Emma. His ability to cooperate with the white community is clearly an asset in the genteel town of Somerset, Tennessee. When Emma has an affair with a white policeman, divorce ensues and the stage is set for high drama.
DVD
2011; 1969
Law (Reserve Stacks) Map
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You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South

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A documentary about the struggles of "ordinary plain folks" against injustice, told in their own words, with historical photos and films. The film covers community actions against strip mining in Kentucky, toxic waste dumping in Tennessee, and illiteracy and discrimination in South Carolina. These grassroots movements all gained impetus from the legendary Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which for over 50 years under the leadership of Myles Horton, has catalyzed communication and social change.
DVD
2011; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Southern Belle

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"Southern Belle, a documentary film by MakeWright Film partners Kathy Conkwright and Mary Makley, is a unique insider's look at the 1861 Athenaeum Girls' School in Columbia, Tennessee, where the antebellum South attempts to rise again. The camp is held in the historic headmaster's home of what was originally a four-year college for young women from 1850-1920. Never before have cameras been allowed to closely shadow the students and teachers during this intensive week of historical reenactment. Every summer, young women from around the world eagerly sign up to become that iconic and romantic image of southern identity: the southern belle, replete with hoop skirt, hat and gloves, singing the region's anthem, Dixie. For them, the Civil War had more to do with states' rights and unfair [...]
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Color Line on Campus

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For most U.S. colleges today, racial diversity is a goal -- but almost nine years after the Brown decision, it was quite another story. This 1963 program features interviews with James Meredith and other African-American students who broke ground and tradition at universities in the South. Faced with attitudes ranging from passive tolerance to violent rejection, each had achieved enrollment, but not acceptance.
DVD
2011; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 50th Anniversary, Shaw University, Raleigh NC: 1960-2010

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In April 2010, hundreds of veteran and youth activists gathered at Shaw University in North Carolina to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organization which formed the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement. This complete collection of DVDs present formal addresses, panel discussions and programs that took place at a conference and reunion unfolding over four days.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Intruder in the Dust

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In a small Mississippi town, only a young boy and an old woman stand between an innocent black man and a lynch mob.
DVD
2011; 1949