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Black History Month Films

Fighting For Respect: African-American Soldiers in World War I, film cover

Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in World War I: This documentary in the story of African Americans in France captures the plight of African American soldiers who fought in WWI, receiving the Croix de Guerre military decoration from France, while still fighting discrimination and hatred at home in America.

Release Date: 2021

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MLK/FBI, film cover

MLK/FBI: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as an American hero: a bridge-builder, a shrewd political tactician, and a moral leader. Yet throughout his history-altering political career, he was often treated by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies like an enemy of the state. In this virtuosic film, award-winning editor, and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King's activism throughout the '50s and '60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. In crafting a rich archival tapestry, featuring some revelatory restored footage of King, Pollard urges us to remember that true American progress is always hard-won.

Release Date 2020

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John Lewis: Good Trouble, film cover

John Lewis: Good Trouble: An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.

Release Date 2020

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Black Studies in Video Cover Art

Black Studies in Video is an award-winning black studies portfolio that brings together seminal documentaries, powerful interviews, and previously unavailable archival footage surveying the black experience. The collection contains 500 hours of film covering African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, gender relationships, and social and economic issues.

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Talking Black in America, film cover

Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, TALKING BLACK in AMERICA is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity. With Reverend Jeremiah Wright, DJ Nabs, Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia the Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.

Release Date: 2018

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Films on Demand provides more than 500 streaming video titles within its African American Studies collection, such as:

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America,  

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten,  

Signing Black in America 

and Muhammed Ali

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Milwaukee 53206, film cover

Milwaukee 53206: The United States has the most prisoners of any nation in the world both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population. These numbers are further compounded within Milwaukee’s mostly African-American 53206 zip code, where 62% of adult men have spent time in prison, making this America's most incarcerated ZIP code.

Release Date: 2016

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This is Love, film cover

This is Love: You may not know Rudy Love's name, even if you've heard his voice all your life. Love's story encapsulates a quintessential struggle of black artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the face of systemic racism and with the purest of intentions, Love repeatedly turned down fame to make music with his family. Just when it seems all his music is lost, it shows up on the other side of the world.Sinbad, Mick Fleetwood, George Clinton, Marsai Martin, Norman Jay MBE, John McBride, Bobby Messano, Julie Woodson and Michael Colyar co-star in this "funkumentary" on an unsung hero of soul.

Release Date: 2018

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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Cover Image

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War : Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents a vital new four-hour documentary series on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when they could advance, and achieve, education, exercise their right to vote, and run for and win public office.

Release Date: 2019

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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, film cover

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice delves into the climate surrounding the courageous 18 African American athletes who carried the weight and hopes of an entire movement on their shoulders as they boarded a ship to Berlin Olympic Games in 1936 - a Nazi propaganda pageant that did not welcome their participation and considered them second class citizens. Their heroic turn at the Games became a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement. Narrated by executive producer and Hollywood actor Blair Underwood.

Release Date: 2016

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This Little Light of Mine, film cover

This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer: In Ruleville, Mississippi in 1961, summers were scorching, cotton was still king, and African Americans were shackled to white intimidation, poverty and cruel injustice. Fannie Lou Hamer, a middle aged sharecropper living on a sprawling plantation, had known no other way. But that all changed when anger, fate and an invitation to a voting registration meeting redirected the course of her destiny.

Release Date 2015

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is an award-winning six-part series written and presented by Harvard University Scholar, Henry Louis Gates Jr. It chronicles the full sweep of African American experience, from the origins of the transatlantic slave trade to the reelection and second inauguration of President Obama. For the series, Gates collaborate with over 30 historians to identify and select 70 of the most important and illustrative stories of the African-American experience to serve as the epic's narrative spine.

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