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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.
TOPICS
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 
From Slavery to Jim Crow 11 Titles Page:  1 , 2
BANISHED
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 84 minutes, 2007,  
From 1860 to 1920 hundreds of US counties expelled all of their African American inhabitants. Banished visits three of these still all white towns today. Meanwhile the descendants of those displaced and disinherited seek redress. MORE...
ETHNIC NOTIONS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 1987
Scholars shed light on the origins and consequences of anti-Black stereotypes in popular culture from the Antebellum period to the Civil Rights era. 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...
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Sierre Leone / Spain, 1998, in English and Mende with English subtitles
Images, instrumental music, song, interviews and narrative provide clues in the search for a lost song, its history, and its argument for cultural retention between aspects of African and African-American culture. MORE...
NAT TURNER: A TROUBLESOME PROPERTY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 60 minutes, 2002,  
Over the decades, Nat Turner's slave rebellion has been represented in multiple and often conflicting ways. The film deftly weaves documentary with dramatizations of the different versions of the retelling of this watershed event. MORE...
RACE - THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 3 episodes - 56 minutes each, 2003,  
Facilitator Guide Available
An eye-opening three-part series confronting our myths and misconceptions about race through the distinct lenses of science, history and social institutions. MORE...
THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 4 episodes - 56 minutes each, 2002,  
Emancipation ended slavery but only to replace it an American form of apartheid, euphemistically known as Jim Crow, used to keep African Americans as second class citizens. This four-part series constitutes a major cinematic achievement covering the years between Reconstruction and Civil Rights. MORE...
A SON OF AFRICA
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 28 minutes, 1996
Facilitator Guide Available
A reconstruction of the first influential slave narrative, the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, which helped raise the conscience of Europe and America against slavery, includes commentary by scholars explaining the wider context of the Triangular Trade. MORE...
TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 86 minutes (with a 51 minute abridged version and extras), 2008,  
Facilitator Guide Available
One family's painful confrontation with their ancestor's involvement with the slave trade. MORE...
TROUBLE BEHIND
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 1990
An exploration of Post-War racial "cleansing" and its impact on present-day all-white Corbin, Kentucky, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Includes interviews with residents and archival material. MORE...

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