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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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HOMEGOINGS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 2013,  English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired
Facilitator Guide Available
Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. It reveals the special status of undertakers in the community; borne out of their permanence, their economic stability, and the necessities of the segregation period. It film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home." MORE...
HOXIE: THE FIRST STAND
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, 2003,  
Documents the first battle to implement the Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation decision fought in the small, rural town of Hoxie, Arkansas. MORE...
HUGHES' DREAM HARLEM
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 61 minutes, 2002
This cine-poetic experience celebrates the spirit and work of Harlem's poet laureate Langston Hughes. Contemporary writers, slam poets and arts supporters star. 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...
IN BLACK AND WHITE - SIX PROFILES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 6 authors, 157 minutes total, 1992
An introduction to six distinguished African American writers - Charles Johnson, Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, John Wideman and August Wilson. MORE...
JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 87 minutes, 1990
Film biography of the life of James Baldwin includes excerpts from his work . Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed and William Styron discuss Baldwin's influence. MORE...
JULY '64
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 54 minutes, 2006,  
Summer, 1964: Violence erupted on a hot July night in Rochester, New York. July '64 tells the story of an unrest that altered the course of history in Rochester, and predicted urban unrest throughout the American North. 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...
LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, 2000,  
Facilitator Guide Available
A documentary of South Africa's quest for restorative justice following four cases that come before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). MORE...
MANY STEPS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 28 minutes, 2002
A lively exploration of the historical and cultural context of Stepping, an energetic communal dance form sweeping college campuses. Young teams of dancers creatively add hip-hop movements to a tradition dating back to the early 20th century. MORE...

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