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Subject: African-American Studies

African American Lives 2

The Road Home

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 2

A Way Out of No Way

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 3

We Come From People

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African American Lives 2, 4

The Past is Another Country

The first AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES revealed the power in discovering one's family history. Now, Henry Louis Gates Jr. will guide a new group to discover their ancestry in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2. The series will draw on DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineag...

African-American Lives, Episodes 1 & 2

Listening to our Past & The Promise of Freedom

Episode 1: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. begins to piece together the family histories of four of the participants. The episode explores the post-World War I "Great Migration" of African-American families from the South to northern cities like Detroit and Chicago, as well as the experiences of those who st...

African-American Lives, Episodes 3 & 4

Searching for our Names & Beyond the Middle Passage.

Episode 3: Gates' research becomes even more difficult as he continues back through the Colonial period of American history. War service records and ways of recording property during slavery's apogee -- such as inventories and sales or gifts of slaves -- help fill in the participants' family trees. ...

Africans in America, Part 1

The Terrible Transformation, 1450-1750

The years 1450-1750 brought enormous changes to the North American continent. The native Americans, or Indians, as the Europeans came to call them, first encountered European explorers, and before long, saw their world transformed and largely destroyed by European settlers. And European explorers no...

Africans in America, Part 2

Revolution, 1750-1805

The story of the American Revolution as traditionally recounted is the saga of the thirteen colonies fighting their colonial ruler, Britain, for independence. But an equally compelling part of the story is the personal, religious, and legal challenges of African Americans of this period and their al...

Africans in America, Part 3

Brotherly Love, 1791-1831

During its first 50 years the United States transformed itself from a small republic into an expansive democracy for white Americans. The nation tripled its population, doubled in size, and extended slavery to parts of the Western frontier. For black Americans, this same period was a contradictory m...

Africans in America, Part 4

Judgment Day, 1831-1865

As westward expansion took hold, the question of whether the United States would be a proslavery or antislavery nation took on new importance. In the North, antislavery forces included abolitionists, who wanted a future without slavery so that black people could be free, and Free Soil advocates, who...

Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the 20th century's richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions and Harlem's vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties.

America Beyond the Color Line, Episodes 1 & 2

South: The Black Belt & Chicago: Streets of Heaven

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels to four different parts of America - the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood. He explores this rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic, and meets the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential. ...

America Beyond the Color Line, Episodes 3 & 4

East Coast: Ebony Towers & Los Angeles: Black Hollywood

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels to four different parts of America - the East Coast, the deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood. He explores this rich and diverse landscape, social as well as geographic, and meets the people who are defining black America, from the most famous and influential. ...

Citizen King

Citizen King pushes past the myths that have obscured King's story to reclaim the history of a people's leader. Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to Kin...

Dark Passages

Employs a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization. Tells the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River.

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 1

Awakenings: 1954-1956

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 1: Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus ...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 2

Fighting Back: 1957-1962

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 2: States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the Univers...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 3

Ain't Scared of Your Jails: 1960-1961

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 3: Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are b...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 4

No Easy Walk: 1961-1963

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 4: The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumph...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 5

Mississippi: Is This America?: 1963-1964

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 5: Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 6

Bridge to Freedom: 1965

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 6: A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know t...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 7

The Time Has Come: 1964-1966

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 7: After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 8

Two Societies: 1965-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 8: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago's civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their effor...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 9

Power!: 1967-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 9: The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, ...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 10

The Promised Land: 1967-1968

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 10: Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Lea...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 11

Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More: 1964-1972

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 11: A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fi...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 12

A Nation of Law? 1968-1971

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 12: Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-d...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 13

The Keys to the Kingdom: 1974-1980

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 13: In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation o...

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 14

Back to the Movement: 1979-1983

Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. Episode 14: Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement tri...

Fatal Flood

In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. A dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America's gre...

The Fight

The rematch between the African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmeling was riveting -- 'one hundred and twenty-four seconds of murder,' as one newspaper put it. But for most spectators the fight was much more than a boxing match; it was an historic event freighted with ...

Flyers In Search of a Dream

Most Americans are familiar with Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart, but few know the stories of America's pioneering black aviators, who overcame social pressures to gain the right to fly. FLYERS IN SEARCH OF A DREAM documents the lives and adventures of early black av...

Leaving Cleaver

In March 1997, social activist, former Black Panther, and author, Eldridge Cleaver sat down with Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a discussion of his life as a civil rights activist. It would be the last major interview Cleaver gave before his death in May 1998. This film draws on the 1997 interview, archi...

A Lynching in Marion

In August, 1930, a 16 year-old African American named James Cameron survived a lynching in Marion, Indiana. Now, 65 years later, Cameron tells his compelling story in vivid detail.

Marcus Garvey

He was both a visionary and a manipulator, a brilliant orator and a pompous autocrat. In just ten years following his emigration to the United States as a laborer in 1917, Marcus Garvey rose to lead the largest black organization in history, was taken to prison in handcuffs, and was eventually depor...

Matters of Race, Episodes 1 & 2

The Divide & Race Is/Race Ain't

Part 1: Ten years ago, Siler City, North Carolina, was a black and white town of segregated communities with a shared geography and an unsettled history. This quiet, rural southern town is a 'laboratory' for the national transformation that is fundamentally altering America's sense of itself. Part ...

Matters of Race, Episodes 3 & 4

We're Still Here & Tomorrow's America

Episode 3: This program a contemporary look at two communities often overlooked in the race dialogue: American Indians and Native Hawaiians.Through the stories of three families the film considers the historical construction of Indian 'otherness' and its influence on the ways a new generation of Lak...

Murder of Emmitt Till

In August 1955, a black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him ...

Roads to Memphis

This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. The film will explore the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined ...

Save Our Wilkes County History: African-Americans in Wilkes County

African-Americans in Wilkes County

Covers the history of African-Americans in Wilkes County, N.C. [NC LIVE is providing online access to the Save Our Wilkes County History documentaries at the request of representatives from Wilkes Community College and the producers. Inquiries in regard to distribution, reproduction, rights, and oth...

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

The Scottsboro boys In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trial of the nine falsely accused teens ...

Tuskegee Airmen

This inspiring World War II story spotlights 450 men who fought on two fronts at once. Black American aviators, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, battled Axis powers in Europe and North Africa and then took on racism at home.

Zora's Roots

This program examines the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film follows Hurston, best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to the subtropical paradise that shaped her childhood and her life's work - where she returned again and again for inspiration and solace....