New Media MLK & Black History Collection

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the library added the following new media. These titles and more will remain on display throughout February in celebration of Black History Month.

Slavery by another nameSlavery by another name [video-recording] a production of TPT National Productions in association with Two Dollars & A Dream, Inc.; produced and directed by Sam Pollard; written by Sheila Curran Bernard. (2012).

Challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.

Freedom RidersAmerican Experience – Freedom Riders [video-recording] produced by Stanley Nelson & Laurens Grant. (2011).

Freedom Riders is a moving documentary that depicts a singular event in American history, the stirring story of American men and women who risked their lives in the early 1960s in support of civil rights, and how nonviolent activities influenced the end of segregation. Award-winning filmmaker Nelson (The Murder of Emmett Till; Jonestown) combines testimony from the riders, government officials, and journalists who witnessed the events of 1961 when black and white individuals rode together on buses throughout the segregated South with interviews, historical footage, and photos to document the courage, commitment, and determination of the participants.

Black Power MixtapeThe Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 [video-recording] directed by Goran Olsson. (2011).

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews.

4 Little Girls4 little girls [video-recording] an HBO Documentary Film in association with a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production; a Spike Lee Joint; director, producer, Spike Lee; producer, Sam Pollard. (2010).

When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation’s outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America’s concern.

Up from slaveryUp from slavery [video-recording]. (2011).

Documents the history of slavery in America from colonial times to after the Civil War.

A soliders storyA soldiers story [video-recording] Columbia Pictures presents a Norman Jewison Film; screenplay by Charles Fuller; produced by Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary, Patrick Palmer; directed by Norman
Jewison. (2010).

Captain Davenport, a proud black army attorney, is sent to Fort Neal, Louisiana, to investigate the ruthless shooting death of Sergeant Waters. Through interviews with Sarge’s men, Davenport learns that he was a vicious man who served the white world and despised his own roots. Was the killer a bigoted white officer? Or could he have been a black soldier embittered by Waters’ constant race baiting?

MLK SpeechesThe Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2009).

This definitive box set includes all the landmark speeches of the great orator and American leader Martin Luther King, Jr., from his inspirational “I Have a Dream” to his firey “Give Us the Ballot.” Comprised of recordings previously included in A Call to Conscience and A Knock at Midnight.

RootsRoots [video-recording] developed for television by William Blinn; executive producer, David L. Wolper; producer, Stan Margulies; written for television by William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee; directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, Gilbert Moses; a David L. Wolper production.

Based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel about his African ancestors, Roots followed several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga began with Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family’s saga is depicted up until the Civil War where Kunte Kinte’s grandson gained emancipation. Roots made its greatest impression on the ratings and widespread popularity it garnered.

King Go BeyondKing [video-recording]: go beyond the dream to discover the man, produced by NBC News; producers, Tim Beacham, Tom Keenan, Shoshana Guy. (2008).

Forty years after Martin Luther King’s assassination, newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America’s civil rights visionary. Go beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths, and the relevance of Dr. King’s message in today’s world.

Great DebatersThe great debaters [video-recording]; produced by Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey; story by Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro; screenplay by Robert Eisele; directed by Denzel Washington. (2008).

Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school’s first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story.

Emmett Lous TillThe untold story of Emmett Louis Till [video-recording] produced and directed by Keith A. Beauchamp; a Till Freedom Come production. (2005).

A biography of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager who was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi in 1955; a chronicle of director Beauchamp’s decade-long effort to determine the true identities of Till’s killers.

In remembrance of MartinIn remembrance of Martin [video-recording] by Idanha Films; producers, Lori Kearns, Dave Marquis, Richard (Stoney) Johnson; creator and director, Kell Kearns. (2005).

Personal comments from family members, friends, former classmates, and advisors are chronicled in this moving piece honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Includes the “I have a dream” speech on the Lincoln Memorial and other memorable events.

Rosa ParksThe Rosa Parks story [video-recording] Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Ltd.; CBS Television; produced by Christine Sacani, Elaine Eason Steele, Pearl Devers; written by Paris Qualles; directed by Julie Dash. (2002).

Dramatic biography of Rosa McCauley Parks, who in 1955 created the spark that began the modern Civil Rights Movement.

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