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Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.


Freedom riders [videodisc] by a Firelight Media production — The inspirational story of more than 400 black and white civil rights activists, who from May until December, 1961 risked their lives - enduring both beatings and imnprisonment - for simply traveling together on buses throughout the Deep South.


The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry [videodisc] by presented by WGBH/Boston, WNET/New York, KCET/Los Angeles ; produced and directed by Jacqueline Shearer — The history of the Boston-based Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry, comprised of African American soldiers, which fought during the Civil War. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.


The murder of Emmett Till [videodisc] by a Firelight Media Production for American Experience ; a production of WGBH, Boston ; producer, Stanley Nelson ; writer, Marcia Smith ; director, Stanley Nelson — The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury.


Neshoba [videodisc]: the price of freedom by First Run Features presents a Pro Bono and Pagano production — 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 in 1964.


Roads to Memphis [videodisc] — Documents the story of assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April of 1968.


Roots of resistance [videodisc]: the story of the Underground Railroad by a Roja Productions film for American Experience ; written by Theodore Thomas ; co- produced by Susan Bellows ; produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell — The story of the men and women, both black and white, who risked their lives to create an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery that became known as the Underground Railroad.


The Tuskegee airmen [videodisc] by Rubicon Productions — The story of 450 black combat pilots during World War II who fought two fronts at once: the Axis powers in Europe and racism at home in the United States. Trained in the deep South, they became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.


Unforgivable blackness [videodisc]: the rise and fall of Jack Johnson by a Florentine Films productions ; PBS ; a film directed by Ken Burns — The story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Champion of the World.