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African American Perspectives
The films in this collection provide the kind of critical analysis necessary for an appreciation and understanding of African American life and history. Included in this comprehensive set of documentaries are biographies of important literary and historical figures, films on significant historical events, urgent contemporary social issues and the enduring movements for racial justice. They are well-proven and effective resources for educators, student service providers, public libraries and community organizations. Discussion guides and transcripts are available for many of these titles.
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All African American Perspectives Titles
From Slavery to Jim Crow 
Foundations of the Freedom Struggle 
Turning Points of the Civil Rights Movement 
African American Culture 
Race Today and Tomorrow 
Foundations of the Freedom Struggle 15 Titles Page:  1 , 2
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH: FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 86 minutes, 1996,  
A biography of the labor, activist and pioneer civil rights leader who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters led the fight to desegregate the military and defense industries, and planted the seeds for the 1963 March on Washington. MORE...
THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 86 minutes, 1998,  
Facilitator Guide Available
Archival footage and interviews trace the history of African American newspapers and journalism from the Antebellum period to the Civil Rights Movement. MORE...
BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 83 minutes, 2002,  
Facilitator Guide Available
On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. His activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights, and how he navigated through his life and career as an openly gay man are the themes of this portrait. MORE...
GOIN' TO CHICAGO
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 71 minutes, 1994
Facilitator Guide Available
The migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West during and after World War II is retold through personal stories of a group of Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta. MORE...
HOMECOMING
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 1999
Facilitator Guide Available
The rural roots of African American life are explored through the Black farmer's story from Reconstruction through the agricultural crisis of the '20s and '30s and, eventually, to the system of federal farm loans and subsidies on which all farmers depend today. MORE...
IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 53 minutes, 1989
Documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. MORE...
MILES OF SMILES, YEARS OF STRUGGLE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 58 minutes, 1989
The story of the organizing of the first black trade union - The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters - provides an account of African American working life between the Civil War and World War II. MORE...
OH FREEDOM AFTER WHILE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 1999
The story of the 1939 Missouri sharecroppers strike reveals the complex issues of cotton farming in the early 1930s and what it was like to be a sharecropper in that time. MORE...
RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 117 minutes, 2001
Ralph Bunche was a statesman, peace negotiator, and the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche overcame racial prejudice and poverty in America to become Undersecretary General of the United Nations. MORE...
RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 87 minutes, 2002,  
Facilitator Guide Available
An introduction to the complex author of Invisible Man including the first-ever dramatized scenes from that book. MORE...

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