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4 Little Girls
4 Little Girls
By Lee, Spike
Performed by Four Little Girls
2005-04 - Warner Home Video
0026359147821 Check our catalog

On September 15, 1963, a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church taking the lives of four young girls. Spike Lee takes an in-depth look at one of America's most terrible crimes, and the impact it had on the civil rights movement. …More

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
By PBS Distribution
2014-01 - PBS
0841887020008 Check our catalog

Explore with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed -- forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. …More

African American Lives
African American Lives
2009-05 - PBS
0841887051798 Check our catalog

A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace roots of several accomplished African Americans down through American history and back to Africa.

African American Lives
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Four by Ailey 
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Four short compositions performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The Best of Soul Train
The Best of Soul Train
2011-02 - Wea-Des Moines Video
0610583390292 Check our catalog

For over thirty-five years, Soul Train was a national institution, the premier U.S. television show for showcasing the latest names in the world of black music.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965
By Hampton, Henry
Narrated by Bond, Julien
2012-01 - PBS
0841887011099 Check our catalog

Vols. 1-3 tell the story of America's civil rights years from 1954 to 1965; vols. 4-7 examine the new America from 1966 to 1985, from community power to the human alienation of urban poverty.

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
2011-09 - Uni Dist Corp (Music)
0898842000902 Check our catalog

Jada is a single mother struggling to raise her two children in a time of personal difficulty when she receives help from a local pastor who hears of her struggles. In addition to helping her family, the pastor introduces her to simon who shares her love of god and together they begin a journey that centers on faith …More

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
By Lynch, Shola
2013-08 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
0031398173588 Check our catalog

This videodisc chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. …More

Good Hair
Good Hair
By Stilson, Jeff Imme
2014-05 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
0031398118336 Check our catalog

Actor and stand-up comic Chris Rock hops around the world going from beauty salons to science labs to comb through the mystery of African American hair in director Jeff Stilson's astute, hilarious documentary. Rock contemplates the purpose and application of a weave as well as women's self-esteem and their locks. He also gains varying insights from Ice-T, Nia Long, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maya Angelou …More

The Gospel According to Al Green
The Gospel According to Al Green
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2009-01 - Rlj Ent/Sphe
0054961816293 Check our catalog

Al Green was a soul singer with a million-dollar career when he awoke one day in a hotel room praising God. Full of this new spirit, he became a gospel singer and a Pentecostal preacher. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Mugge examines Green's life and music in intimate interviews, passionate performances, and a sermon both spoken and sung--a fiery crescendo of conviction, inspiration, and joy. …More

Harlem Roots Volume 1: Big Bands
Harlem Roots Volumes 1 & 2
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2007-07 - Naxos of America
0880491260004 Check our catalog

Features four key band leaders: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Lucky Millinder. These orchestras represent the cream of the crop. Here we see the swinging blues of Count Basie, the multidimensional beauty of Duke Ellington's compositions, the gospel inflected strains of Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing with Lucky Millinder and the high spirited rhythms of master showman Cab Calloway.

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams
By James, Steve
2005-05 - Criterion Collections
9781559409582 Check our catalog

Filmmaker Steve James follows the steps of two inner-city-Chicago NBA hopefuls from age 14 to 18. …More

Let the Church Say Amen
Let the Church Say Amen
By Petersen, David
2011-11 - Film Movement
0616892636328 Check our catalog

In Washington D.C., one church becomes the symbol of a local community dedicated to one another.

Let the Fire Burn
Let the Fire Burn
By Osder, Jason
2014-03 - Zeitgeist Films
0795975116039 Check our catalog

In the astonishingly gripping LET THE FIRE BURN, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a …More

The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
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2006-02 - PBS
9781593755386 Check our catalog

Chronicles the formation and battlefield heroics of the first all-black Union regiment, the Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry. Highlights of this documentary include archival daguerreotypes, tintypes, lithographs, and commentary by various historians.

Moving Midway
Moving Midway
By Cheshire, Godfrey
2009-02 - First Run Features
BL09091DVD000 Check our catalog

Upon moving his family's Southern plantation, Godfrey Cheshire discovers an unknown African American branch of the family. Cheshire examines the Southern plantation in American history and how the racial legacy from the past continues into the present. …More

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
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2014-10 - PBS
0841887021982 Check our catalog

Civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall's triumph in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's public schools completed the final leg of a journey of over 20 years laying the groundwork to end legal segregation. He won more Supreme Court cases than any lawyer in American history, making the work of civil rights pioneers like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks possible.

The Murder of Fred Hampton
The Murder of Fred Hampton
By Alk, Howard
2007-05 - Facets Multimedia
0736899090029 Check our catalog

Mike Gray started out to make a film about the Black Panther Party, but on Dec. 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided a Panther apartment and his film became a documentary about the murder of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film footage of the raid directly contradicted the State Attorney's version of the raid and so filmmakers and Panthers came together to prove that Hampton had been the designated target of the violent, punitive raid. The film's inquiry pursues official spokesmen and traps them in their attempts at covering up an orchestrated assassination.

The Murder of Fred Hampton
Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues 
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The history of the Negro Leagues is often a forgotten part of baseball history. And despite its popularity and wealth of talent was not well documented. The film sheds light on this period and shows how it laid the groundwork for today's African-American players in Major League Baseball.

Prince Among Slaves
Prince Among Slaves
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2009-04 - PBS
0841887009195 Check our catalog

The true story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori, a West African prince who was sold into slavery in 1788, eventually ending up in Natchez, Mississippi.

Prince Among Slaves
Neshoba the Price of Freedom
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Neshoba: the price of freedom tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning. Although Klansmen bragged about what they did in 1964, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist and mastermind of the murders.

Trouble the Water
Trouble the Water
By Lessin, Tia
Director Deal, Carl
2009-08 - Zeitgeist Films
0795975111836 Check our catalog

Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal recount a surprising tale of heroism in New Orleans, where a wannabe rapper and her husband brave the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina to rescue their neighbors. Featuring live video diary footage from the couple, the Oscar-nominated documentary is both a poignant portrait of a family's will to survive and a startling portrayal of Katrina's devastating power. …More

Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
By Burns, Ken
2012-12 - PBS
0841887050623 Check our catalog

This riveting two-part documentary follows Jack Johnsons remarkable journey from his humble beginnings in Galveston, Texas, as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing, where, in turn-of-the century Jim Crow America, the heavyweight champion was an exclusively white title. Despite the odds, Johnson was able to batter his way up through the professional …More

Wattstax
Wattstax
By Stuart, Mel
2006-01 - Warner Home Video
0085393499723 Check our catalog

Filmmaker Mel Stuart chronicles a 1972 concert commemorating the 1965 uprising in the Watts section of Los Angeles. Richard Pryor, the Staple Singers, the Emotions perform. On August 20, 1972, more than 100,000 people attended what came to be known as the black Woodstock. …More

Soul Food Junkies
Soul Food Junkies
By Hurt, Byron
2013-03 - PBS
0841887018548 Check our catalog

Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community. Examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from producing cheap calories while healthy options remain expensive and hard to find.