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Featured Items - Black History Month

by Justin Huston on 2023-02-07T08:44:58-06:00 | 0 Comments
MLK/FBI directed by Sam Pollard
Call Number: E185.97.K5 M55 2022
ISBN: 9786318660198
Publication Date: 2021-01-15
Stream On: Hulu
From IMDb: "The first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. From Emmy Award winning director Sam Pollard and featuring interviews with Andrew Young, James Comey, Clarence Jones, and more." 
John Lewis: Good Trouble directed by Dawn Porter
Call Number: E840.8.L43 J65 2020
ISBN: 9786318308212
Publication Date: 2020-07-03
Stream On: HBO Max
From Magnolia Pictures via IMDb: "Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis' 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter's primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life."
Selma directed Ava Duvernay
Call Number: PN1997.2 .S45 2015
ISBN: 9786315915963
Publication Date: 2015-01-09
Stream On: Hulu
From Miss W J Mcdermott via IMDb: "The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history."
Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America directed Ric Burns & Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
Call Number: E185.61 .D75 2020
ISBN: 9781531712518
Publication Date: 2021-05-31
Stream On: PBS
From IMDb: "Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today."
4Chosen: The Documentary directed by Jon Doscher
Call Number: HV7571.N5 F68 2007
Publication Date: 2008-04-03
From Starline Films via IMDb: "Four young minority basketball players from New York City are traveling to North Carolina for a college basketball showcase when they are racially profiled by two NJ State Troopers and then shot 13 times. The 4CHOSEN must struggle to overcome their injuries, adversity and controversy. The powerful team of attorneys led by JOHNNIE COCHRAN assist them as they rebuild their lives and influence major law changes. THIS IS THEIR STORY!"
Preserving Justice: the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement by Birmingham Bar Foundation, Magic City Bar Association and Journey for Justice Project 
Call Number: E185.61 .P73 2013
Publication Date: 2013
From the DVD cover: "2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. The documentary, Preserving Justice, focuses on the important events that took place in 1963 and tells the lesser-known stories of that year. These stories document the extraordinary role played by members of Birmingham's legal community and the profound impact they had on the Civil Rights Movement. The film shows how unified efforts of civil rights activists and daring members of the legal community in Birmingham helped create a new city, state and nation to inspire the next generation of lawyers and judges. Preserving Justince honors legal champions who have rightfully earned their place in history and shares their stories with audiences across the nation."
The Blinding of Isaac Woodard directed by Jamila Ephron
Call Number: E185.61 .B66653 2021
ISBN: 9781531713645
Publication Date: 2021-03-30
Stream On: PBS
From PBS via IMDb: "The Blinding of Isaac Woodard: How a horrific incident of racial violence became a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. The shocking incident made national headlines and, when the police chief was acquitted by an all-white jury, the blatant injustice would change the course of American history. Based on Richard Gergel's book 'Unexampled Courage', the film details how the crime led to the racial awakening of President Harry Truman, who desegregated federal offices and the military two years later. The event also ultimately set the stage for the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 'Brown v. Board of Education' decision, which finally outlawed segregation in public schools and jump-started the modern civil rights movement."
One Night in Miami... directed by Regina King
Call Number: PN1997.2 .O64 2021
ISBN: 9781681438993
Publication Date: 2021-01-08
Stream On: Amazon Prime
From IMDb: "Set on the night of February 25, 1964, 'One Night in Miami' follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay - unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws - spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami's African American Overtown neighborhood celebrating with three of his closest friends: Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. During this historic evening, these icons, who each were the very representation of the Pre-Black Power Movement and felt the social pressure their cross-over celebrity brought, shared their thoughts with each other about their responsibilities as influencers, standing up, defending their rights and moving the country forward to equality and empowerment for all black people. The next morning, the four men emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their community." 

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