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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 
African American Culture 21 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
HOMEGOINGS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
HUGHES' DREAM HARLEM
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
IN BLACK AND WHITE - SIX PROFILES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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 and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
MANY STEPS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
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...
WHITE SCRIPTS AND BLACK SUPERMEN: BLACK MASCULINITIES IN COMIC BOOKS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 52 minutes, plus bonus feature THE BLACK AGE OF COMICS, 2012,  subtitled in English for the hearing impaired
Facilitator Guide Available
A valuable and colorful examination of 40 years of changing representations of Black masculinity in a significant area of popular culture - comic books. This genre's reach and impact extended into other forms of cultural production such as movies and animated TV series. MORE...
WILD WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE BLUES
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 58 minutes, 1989
The lives, times and music of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and other legendary women illustrate how the blues became a vital part of American culture. MORE...

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