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King: A Filmed Record -- Montgomery to Memphis

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"King ... is the landmark documentary that chronicles the life and non-violent campaigns for civil rights of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1957 and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968 ... [C]ombines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. Kings legacy and the American Civil Rights movement." -- container
DVD
2012; 1970
Clemons (Stacks)
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John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk

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John Henrik Clarke discusses the history of African-Americans, placing it within the context of the history of Africa and its relationship with Greek, Roman, European, Christian, and Islamic civilizations.
DVD
2011; 1996
Clemons (Stacks)
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African American Lives

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A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Banished

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Documentary about three communities which forcibly expelled African American residents between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Includes interviews with residents from those communities: Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas; Forsyth County, Georgia.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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African American Lives 2; African American Lives Two

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A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk

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John Henrik Clarke discusses the history of Afro-Americans, placing it within the context of the history of Africa and Africans and their relationship with non-African civilizations such as Greek, Roman, European, Christian, and Islamic.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Where Did You Get That Woman?

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Septuagenarian Joan Williams, washroom attendant in a Chicago bar for twenty years, reminisces about her life from her childhood in Oklahoma to the present. Sepia-toned file photographs evoke the history her life spans and highlight this commentary on human life and spirit.
VHS
1982
Ivy (By Request)
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 1 There Is a River [electronic resource]

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There is a river explores the evolution of African-American religious thought, from the beliefs and rituals Africans brought to America to the influence of Christian teachings imposed on slaves in the new world. It charts the growth of independent black churches and attempts by slaves and free blacks to unify the black community. Through the lives of two nineteenth-century black leaders, Sojourner Truth and Denmark Vesey, we see how religion and belief in God provided hope in the face of desperation. -- container.
Online
2005; 2003
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 2 God Is a Negro [electronic resource]

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God is a Negro focuses on the role of Henry McNeal Turner, whose efforts to create a sense of self-respect among African-Americans began in the political arena and shifted to the religious realm. His emphasis on a black nationalist philosophy and his rejection of white power alienated him from some leaders, but led to a greater role for the black church in African-American culture. Turner's philosophy and teachings encouraged his followers to find God from within, raising their opinions about themselves and all black people.
Online
2005; 2003
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 3 Guide My Feet [electronic resource]

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Guide my feet follows the movement of African-Americans from the South to the promised land of the North, from country to city, from rejection to hope. It is also the story of Cecil Williams and Thomas A. Dorsey, two men a generation apart but united by a vision to take the stark reality of the streets into the church, challenging Christianity to be true to its promise of acceptance. In Chicago, Thomas Dorsey pioneers a different direction for spiritual expression: gospel music. In San Francisco, the Reverend Cecil Williams strives to pull down barriers with his "come as you are" church. Through their efforts, Dorsey, Williams and others create a new faith and a new music.
Online
2005; 2003
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 4 Freedom Faith [electronic resource]

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Freedom faith traces the connections between "Freedom faith"--the belief that God intended all people to be equal and free--and the Civil Rights Movement. Faith give black families a way of insulating themselves from the oppression of segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, and provided the seeds for opposition to Jim Crow. Many of the protests of the 1960s are shown from the perspective of Prathia Hall, an eminent black preacher who was born in 1940 and literally grew up with the movement. Hall is one of many voices in the film--voices of ordinary people who, through faith, risk their lives to challenge America to live up to its promise of equality.
Online
2005; 2003
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 5 Inheritors of the Faith [electronic resource]

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Inheritors of the faith follows the journeys of African-Americans who seek a spiritual experience in the traditions of Islam and Yoruba. Originating in West Africa and pre-dating Christianity, Yoruba focuses on honoring ancestors, and worshipers gain strength and spirituality from within. Another emerging spiritual direction is the Nation of Islam, led by Elijah Muhammad. When Muhammad's son, Warith Deen, takes over the movement after his father's death, he transforms the organization to more closely follow the practice of orthodox Islam. Louis X. Farrakhan resurrects the ideology of the old Nation of Islam in 1978.
Online
2005; 2003
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This Far by Faith, African-American Spiritual Journeys: Episode 6 Rise Up and Call Their Names [electronic resource]

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Rise up and call their names follows 60 people in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage on a physical and spiritual voyage as they walk from Massachusetts to Florida, than make their way to the Caribbean and ultimately to Africa. Their purpose is to pray for the spirits of their ancestors, and to discover for themselves the spiritual value of such a journey. After months of difficult travel and deep soul-searching, the pilgrims reach Africa with a stronger sense of identity and purpose.
Online
2005; 2003
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A Vital Progressivism [electronic resource]

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Professor Martin offers a fresh perspective on Progressivism, arguing that its spirit can be best seen in the daily struggle of ordinary people. In a discussion with Professors Scharff and Miller, the struggles of Native Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans are placed in the context of the traditional white Progressive movement.
Online
2000
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Civil Rights [electronic resource]: Demanding Equality

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Examines the guarantees of political and social equality in the U.S. Constitution and the roles that individuals and government have played in expanding these guarantees to African Americans, women, and the disabled. Case studies include the landmark case of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the fight for equal opportunities for women athletes in Michigan, and the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Online
2003
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: MLK's Dream of Economic Justice

Martin Luther King had long known that racial equality was inextricably linked to economic equity-fairness for all, including working people and the poor. In the last year of his life, Dr. King announced the Poor People's Campaign to demand an "economic bill of rights" for all Americans, regardless of color. But nearly a half-century later, that dream is still a dream deferred. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and author and theologian James Cone join Bill to discuss Dr. King's vision of economic justice...and why so little has changed for America's most oppressed. Also on the show, poet Kyle Dargan, whose poetry provides a window into the humanity that Branch and Cone say is essential to get people working towards justice, visits Bi [...]
Online
2013
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Meeting David Wilson [electronic resource]

This film documents the enduring legacy of slavery in today's young black society. David Wilson, a 28-year-old African-American journalist, revisits his family history to find answers to America's racial divide. Along the way, he meets another David Wilson, the descendant of his family's slave master. This discovery leads to a momentous encounter between the two men, whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom. We first observe journalist Wilson as he recalls his upbringing in the gritty streets of Newark, New Jersey, and how this negative environment stirred his desire to uncover the truth about his family's past. Through genealogical research, he discovers his roots are steeped in the slavery of North Carolina. On the plantation where his ancestors were slaves, he finds t [...]
Online
2010
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Rescue Men [electronic resource]: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers

It was October 11, 1896, and the E. S. Newman was en route to the Chesapeake Bay when a hurricane ran it aground two miles off the coast of North Carolina. As a violent surf began to tear the schooner apart, its stranded passengers were stunned to see men swimming toward them on what was essentially a suicide mission, but what shocked them even more was that their rescuers were black. This acclaimed documentary tells the story of ex-slave Richard Etheridge and the first all-black rescue crew, who manned the Pea Island station of the U.S. Life-Saving Service-soon to become the U.S. Coast Guard-at the start of the Jim Crow era. In 1996 the crew was posthumously awarded a gold medal for the E. S. Newman incident, one of the most daring rescues in Coast Guard history.
Online
2011
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: John Lewis Marches on

In this edition of Moyers & Company, two icons of the '60s civil rights era-John Lewis and Bill Moyers-meet to share experiences and revelations related to the momentous March on Washington, which they both attended 50 years ago. Their discussion takes them to the spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and others famously spoke about freedom and justice, creating critical momentum for both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Representative Lewis (now a 14-term congressman) shares new insight into how the event unfolded, while Bill (who at the time was deputy director of the newly created Peace Corps) shares his own memories of the day. He concludes with an essay about how the pursuit of equal rights and oppor [...]
Online
2013
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For Love of Liberty! [electronic resource]

Sections include... *Introduction: Colin Powell and Halle Berry. *The Revolution: An escaped slave is among the first to die for freedom. *The British Are Coming: Black men fight at Concord and Bunker Hill. *George Washington Takes Command: General Washington will not accept blacks in the Continental Army. *The 1st Rhode Island Regiment: When finally accepted, black soldiers fight heroically. *E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one-except blacks. *War of 1812: Halle Berry introduction. *Black Men at Sea: Ten percent of all sailors are black. *The Battle of New Orleans: Slaves and free men of color join the fight. *The Abolitionists: Race is tearing the nation apart. *The Civil War: Halle Berry introduction. *Blacks Can't Fight: The North doesn't want black troops. *The Gunboat Planter: Sl [...]
Online
2010