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The Black Candle

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A documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shattered Dreams

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"Inspired in part by [Martin Luther] King's 'I have a dream' speech, youth worker Ian Brewster introduces us to kids where stories of drug deals, playground shootouts and SWAT team takedowns are chillingly common. He hears from teenagers who say racism holds them back more than poverty ... In Shattered dreams, Brewster searches for reasons why the black community is on the verge of crisis"--Container.
DVD
2007
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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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

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The rise and fall of Jim Crow offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This definitive four-part series documents the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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Killer of Sheep

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Hard-hitting film shows the struggle of an African American slaughter house worker to survive economic and social obstacles.
VHS
1990; 1977
Ivy (By Request)
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Spicebush

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Alongside documentary images about education, work and unemployment and shots of the landscape are dramatized scenes of life in black America.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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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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2006 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

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Albert Paul Brinson, colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. offers a unique perspective to King's legacy.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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2006 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

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Albert Paul Brinson, colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. offers a unique perspective to King's legacy.
VHS
2006
Ivy (By Request)
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Keynote Address: Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration

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Ms. Brown, a former leader of the Black Panther Party, discusses the image of Martin Luther King today and what he was actually about. She also discusses the situation of black people in the United States today: the breakdown of the black family, blacks in jail, blacks in the educational system. She talks about the need for freedom today, for which King was working when he was killed.
VHS
2005
Ivy (By Request)
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Black on Black Violence

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A discussion of why Blacks kill other Blacks. Also shows a health education class teaching homicide prevention in Boston.
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Considering Reparations [electronic resource]: Paying the Debt for Slavery

In addition to harming those directly enslaved, slavery in America has stigmatized all black Americans and deeply wounded a nation committed to providing liberty and justice for all. This highly charged yet balanced NewsHour program broaches the subject of social and financial reparations for descendants of African-American slaves. Representative John Conyers (D-MI), the introducer of reparation legislation to Congress; proponent Lerone Bennett, author of Forced into Glory; dissenter Walter Williams, of George Mason University; and others talk about the horrors of slavery, post-traumatic slavery syndrome, and forms of reparation.
Online
2006; 2000
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Affirmative Action Under Fire [electronic resource]: When Is It Reverse Discrimination?

In 1989, a New Jersey high school faced a painful decision: one of two teachers with equal tenure and equivalent credentials-one African-American, the other Caucasian-had to be laid off. By 1995, the reverse discrimination complaint lodged by Caucasian teacher Sharon Taxman had become a national issue of great political and legal significance, leading to a surprising out-of-court settlement funded by civil rights groups. In this program, ABC News correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on that remarkable case, while anchor Cokie Roberts moderates a spirited debate between the President of the NAACP and the Director of Litigation from the Institute for Justice.
Online
2008; 1997
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Beyond Black and White [electronic resource]: Affirmative Action in America

All sides of the affirmative action issue have targeted the same goal: ending racism of all types. But do opportunities for some have to come at the expense of others? In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree, a what-if scenario revolves around a university's efforts to enroll a diverse student body of qualified candidates. Panelists include Ward Connerly, proponent of California's Proposition 209; Christopher Edley, Jr., author of Not All Black & White: Affirmative Action, Race, and American Values; Julius Becton, Jr., former head of Washington, D.C.'s public schools; Ruth Simmons, president of Smith College; and policy activists from the African-American, Asian, Native American, and Latino communities.
Online
2005; 1999
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Color-Blind [electronic resource]: Fighting Racism in Schools

As school populations become more and more diverse, racial intolerance is shoving its way to prominence. In this provocative program, five students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds speak with candor about racial harassment at their high school in an effort to encourage teenagers to examine their own attitudes and behaviors. The greatest danger of racism is that it will go unaddressed-until it becomes headline news. This video, ideal as a discussion-starter both in classrooms and at workshops, helps to ensure that this will not be the case.
Online
2006; 1999