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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 
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RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
RICHARD WRIGHT - BLACK BOY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 86 minutes, 1994,  
Facilitator Guide Available
A biography of Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, from his impoverished childhood, involvement in left-wing politics and literary relationships, to his exile and death in Paris. MORE...
THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 4 episodes - 56 minutes each, 2002,  
DISCONTINUED 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...
THE ROAD TO BROWN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 56 minutes, 1990
The history of segregation sanctioned by the 1898 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, and the visionary legal campaign against it that led to the triumph of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. MORE...
STRANGE FRUIT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 57 minutes, 2002,  
The story behind Billie Holiday's signature song examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. MORE...
W.E.B. DU BOIS:A BIOGRAPHY IN FOUR VOICES
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 116 minutes, 1995
Four leading African American writers, Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka, lead us through Du Bois's life and work and describe his impact on their work MORE...

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