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I have a dream…watch and live it on the screen

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I have a dream…watch and live it on the screen:  10 DVDs from the last few years on civil rights in America.

A PBS documentary narrated by Denzel Washington, The March:  the story of the greatest march in American history.

Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. Recounts the events when 250,000 people came together to form the largest demonstration the young American democracy had ever seen.


The popular feature film, Selma.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.


PBS American Experience documentary, Freedom Summer.

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most segregated states, even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.


A HBO documentary, The Case Against 8.

A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.


Feature film, Cesar Chavez.

The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. He inspired millions of Americans who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.


A Lifetime movie made for TV starring Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta.

Two extraordinary women-Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X-come to life in this Lifetime Movie Network movie. After their husbands’ tragic assassinations, they developed a unique friendship spanning three decades as they carried on the Civil Rights movement while supporting their families as single mothers. Through their strength and dignity, they became role models for millions of women.


https://methuen.mvlc.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/1537594An intriguing documentary from PBS, Spies of Mississippi.

Enter the chilling world of anti-civil rights espionage. The film reveals in shocking detail the state of Mississippi’s effort to undermine the civil rights movement using a vast network of spies. Their identities will be shocking. Whites and Blacks spied for Old Dixie. And the Sovereignty Commission would stop at nothing, even murder, to retain the ‘Mississippi way of life.’


Letters From Jackie:  the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson

The film explores Jackie’s deepest motivations as he solidifies his role in the civil rights movement after his days as a trailblazing baseball player. The film uses unedited and uncensored letters written by Jackie to iconic figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Eisenhower. Interviews with his daughter, Sharon Robinson; his pen pal, Ron Rabinovitz; historian Joe Dorinson; and an array of MLB players paint a vivid picture of this complex and inspirational man.


https://methuen.mvlc.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/1540637An Ordinary Hero: the true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

As a white girl growing up in the south, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland witnessed the ugly realities of segregation and racism firsthand and vowed to one day change it. By the time she was 19, she had already joined the Freedom Riders and participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests. Now, over 50 years later, award-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland captures his mother’s story and learns about her courage and the role she played in changing American history.


An ESPN football documentary : Ghosts of Ole Miss.

In 1962, the University of Mississippi erupted in violence over integration while swelling with pride over an unbeaten football team. Includes interviews with James Meredith, William Doyle, William Winter, Curtis Wilkie, Dan Rather, university alumni, and members of the 1962 Ole Miss Rebels football team.

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