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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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Inspired by Deborah Willis's book, Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly, casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris's family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while [...]
DVD
2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Race: The Power of an Illusion

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[This series] challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. This...series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

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Chronicles the life of Ida B. Wells, an early Afro-American journalist and activitist who protested lynchings, the treatment of Afro-American soldiers, and other forms of racism and injustice toward black Americans around the turn of the century. Her involvement in the women's suffrage movement is also described.
DVD
2004; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Black Press: Soldiers Without Words

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"Too long have others spoken for us". A History of African-American newspapers and journalism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. With commentary by historians, journalists, and photojournalists, tell s of the struggles against censorship, discrimination and for freedom of the press.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years

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History of the civil rights movement in America. Uses archival footage and interviews with participants in the movement.
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads

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Offers a comprehensive reappraisal of the leaders and events that brought the civil rights movement from the South to the rest of the United States from 1965 through the 1980s.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Mighty Times: The Children's March

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In May of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked black people of Birmingham, Alabama to go to jail in the cause of racial equality. The adults were afraid to go to jail and so the school children marched and over 5000 of them were arrested. This lead President Kennedy to sponsor the 1964 Civil Rights Act which eventually to the march on Washington. Contains vintage film footage, re-stagings of some activities and interviews with some of the protesters.
DVD
2005
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Eyes on the Prize II [Videorecording]: America at the Racial Crossroads

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Offers a comprehensive reappraisal of the leaders and events that brought the civil rights movement from the South to the rest of the United States from 1965 through the 1980s.
Laserdisc
1993; 1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Julian Bond: Address at Weber State University

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NAACP Chairman Julian Bond speaks at Weber State University in 2010.
Online
2010