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From Swastika to Jim Crow reveals the little-known story of German refugee scholars who were expelled from their homeland by the Nazis and found new lives at the historically Black colleges in the American South.

The Humanities Council funded a…

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The Road to Brown tells the story of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling as the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement.

The film highlights each of the major cases argued by notable…

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Duke Ellington's Washington tells the story of the influential African American community that flourished in Washington, DC's U Street neighborhood in the early 20th century. This segregated, yet socio-economically diverse community nurtured…

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Greater New Hope Baptist Church invited DC area men's choral and popular music groups to perform songs of praise. This film documents those performances.

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James Forman, PhD. and the Cultural Center for Social Change presented this program that dramatized the Mississippi Civil Rights activities of 1964 in performance and song at the Mt. Vernon College Campus in Northwest DC.

Local performers covered…

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Freedom On My Mind vividly chronicles this complex and compelling history of the Mississippi voter registration struggles of 1961 to 1964: the interracial nature of the campaign, the tensions and conflicts, the fears and hopes. It is the story of…

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Georgetown, in the early 1900's, was an important center of black commerce and community, where doctors, entrepreneurs, and artists lived in close proximity. This documentary film, produced in part by Georgetown University, examines the…

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For Love and For Life places the 1987 March on Washington in perspective among the major political events of our times. It recounts how the events were organized, and creates all the immediacy of being there. This exciting presentation explores all…

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This compilation of historic news-reel footage documents the historic marches from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama, and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom during which Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a Dream" speech on…

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Three highly personal riffs on the events that rocked Washington's 14th Street Corridor in the tumultuous days following the assassination of Martin Luther King. 14th Street Freestyle: 68298 was directed by Aminata Ahmadu, Nkese Essein-Ibok, Kiana…

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In the 1920s, Pullman Railroad was famous for the personal, elegant service delivered by their sleeping car porters. Known for their kindness, dignity, and smiles, the porters worked long hours, earned low wages, and had no job security. Miles of…

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Lillian Evans Tibbs was born in Washington in 1891, a time when no woman of color sang professionally in the opera, anywhere in the world. This video traces the life of the remarkable woman who reinvented herself as Madame Evanti and broke the color…

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In the early 1990's the Humanities Council of Washington, DC produced the Urban Odyssey series of documentaries. The installments tell the stories of historic local figures in their own words. In this episode Isaac Franck, a noted Jewish Civil Rights…

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Reverend C. C. Hung was a community activist who labored for nearly fifty years to bring together the city's fragmented Chinese community. His ministry at the Chinese Community Church, beginning in 1935 and continuing into the 1980s, did much to meet…

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This is a three part film that touches on subject of the civil war, the civil rights movement, and the steel strikes. The first part refers to Abraham Lincoln's thoughts and involvement in the Civil War.
The second part is documenting African…

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Nannie H. Burroughs was a prominent African American civil rights activist and a continuing champion for women's rights. Burroughs's long career focused on improving educational opportunities for African-American women, an essential tool for…

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At a two-day forum at the Thurgood Marshall Center, Joan Browning, a Freedom Rider who grew up in Georgia, 64, and Reginald Green, who was preparing for the ministry at Virginia Union before he joined the Freedom Riders, 68, gathered with two other…

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Panelist Bomani Armah, Harold Jones, Kwame Brown, Professor Griff, and Sheryl Denbo spread the word on hip hop and how it relates and differs to the Civil Rights Movement. They speak of how the generations from the Civil Rights Movement affected the…

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Judge Harold Greene presided over the landmark legislative decision that fragmented AT&T's vertical monopoly in the 1980s, but he was also a strong advocate for civil rights throughout his career. This documentary examines Judge Greene's life and…

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This is a color image of noted Washington, DC businesswoman and civil rights activist late in her career.

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This documentary from filmmaker Steven Nero reveals the importance of DC's Greyhound Bus Station as an important part of Civil Rights history. It was from this station that the Freedom Rides began; testing the governments will and ability to uphold…

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This documentary explores the founding and the impact of the New School for Afro-American Thought founded by Gaston Neal and Don Freeman. The school, founded in Washington, DC, sought to teach black youth about their pre-slavery roots in African…

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Reverend Benjamin Chavis of the Wilmington Ten speaks in the All Souls pulpit before serving a prison term in North Carolina. Angela Davis is behind him.

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Bobby Seale, Black Panther Party founder and Chicago 7 defendant, speaks to a packed sanctuary.

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Reverend Benjamin Chavis of the Wilmington Ten in the pulpit at All Souls Church Unitarian.
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