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Summary: Traces the history of black America back to ancient African civilization, examining attempts by the white establishment in the U.S. to conceal this knowledge as a means of undermining African American identity. Presents theories of scholars and social commentators which comprise a history in which African Americans have been systematically oppressed as a people.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2011

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Weatherford, Carole Boston

Summary: The story of Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a champion of civil rights; despite fierce prejudice and abuse, from the 1950s until her death in 1977.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD JUV VOI

Summary: "National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 FIR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 305.896 FIR

Summary: The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Including archival footage, this film is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC KIN

Shepard, Ray Anthony

Summary: Here is the riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding. These Union soldiers not only served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, but were also war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields. Their dispatches told the truth of their lives at camp, their...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Calkins Creek, An Imprint of Highlights 2017

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 973.7 SHE

Patrick, Denise Lewis

Summary: The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, but how did she come to be so brave?

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Inc. 2018

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1 available in Beginning Readers - Rising Reader (Purple), Call number: JBR PURPLE PAL

Summary: This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity and the rules, laws and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC HID

Summary: Explores the motivation behind European global subjugation, the history of rarely discussed vast West African empires, how germ warfare is used on melanted people, and the history of slave breeding farms in America.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC HID

Greenfield, Eloise.

Summary: Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amistad 2011

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J811 GRE

Summary: Continues the history of people of African descent, including topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving black economic communities were undermined in America, hidden truths about Native Americans, and more.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC HID

Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)

Summary: "This ... young adult adaptation brings her ideas to a new audience. When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments: The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with Jim Crow laws; the promise of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 323 AND

Freedman, Russell

Summary: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Holiday House 2014

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J323.1196 FRE

Summary: "We are facing unprecedented attacks on our democracy, our dignity, and our hard-won civil rights. If you're Black in the US, this is not new. As Colorlines editors Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin show, Black Americans subvert and resist life-threatening forces as a matter of course. In these pages, Solomon and Rankin bring together leading Black voices who offer wisdom on how they fight White...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bold Type Books 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 323.1196 HOW

Davis, Kenneth C.

Summary: "An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents"--

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Listening Library 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Audiobooks, Call number: J CD 920 DAV

Summary: Genealogical investigations and DNA analysis help participants discover where they come from and who they are.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Home Video 2008

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV AFR

Holland, Jesse J.

Summary: Jesse J. Holland's The Invisibles is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion's most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White House are at an all-time high due to the historic presidency of Barack Obama and the soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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Holland, Jesse J.

Summary: The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Lyons Press, An imprint of Rowman & Littlefield 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.3 HOL

Cooper, Floyd

Summary: Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Capstone Young Readers, a Capstone imprint 2015

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE COO

Nelson, Robin

Summary: Examines the history of Juneteenth and describes some of the ways the holiday is celebrated.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Lerner Publications Co. 2010

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JE NEL BASKET

Dray, Philip.

Summary: Presents a life of the African American journalist who was born a slave and went on to become a respected teacher and journalist, and who is best remembered for her campaign through her writings to eliminate lynching in the United States.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Peachtree 2008

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 WEL

Mullenbach, Cheryl

Summary: An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Chicago Review Press 2013

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 940.53 MUL

Summary: This story begins on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963 when a 34-year-old preacher galvanized millions with his dream for an America free of racism. It comes to a bloody end almost five years later on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. In the years since those events unfolded, the man at the center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has become a mythic figure, a minister whose...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Home Video 2005

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV CIT

Harrison, Vashti

Summary: Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 920 HAR

Summary: The story of the 'Fighting 99th' - the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. It is 1943 and the U.S. is suffering huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when black flyers were not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, the "Tuskegee Airmen" must undertake the riskiest...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2010

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA TUS