The materials featured on this page were made possible through the Advancing Racial Equity Collection Grant with support from Lilly Endowment INC. & Indiana Humanities.
Back to Natural by Scott-Ward, GillianDocumentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair, politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based clinical psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural.
Black History Activators by Malone-Debenedictis, ShannonThis video highlights some of the most notable events and individuals of Black History and provides an in-depth introduction to key activists including W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass, and Maya Angelou, while also introducing individuals not often discussed in traditional history classes.
Call Number: E185 .B54 2020
Publication Date: 2020
Black Like Me by Lerner, CarlBased on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin published in 1961, Black Like Me stars James Whitmore as Griffin, who medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through Jim Crow Mississippi and Alabama in the late 1950’s.
Call Number: VID BLA
Publication Date: 2012
Boycott by Wright, JeffreyOn December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a "whites only" section of a public bus, thus starting a boycott of the city buses. This single act is considered the beginning of the civil rights movement in the United States.
Call Number: VID BOY
Publication Date: 2001
Emanuel by Ivie, BrianNational headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston. South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror.
Call Number: HV6773.5 .C43 E43 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Guilty until proven Guilty by Moses, HarryThe documentary explores Louisiana's criminal justice system through the story of Tim Conerly, a young African-American man who was arrested in the wake of an armed robbery in New Orleans and waited 28 months for a trial for a crime he says he did not commit.
Call Number: HV9955 .L8 G85 2019
Publication Date: 2015
I Am Not Your Negro by Baldwin, JamesUsing James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.
Call Number: E185.6 .I366 2017
Publication Date: 2017
John Lewis : Good Trouble by Porter, Dawn (Dawn Michele)This documentary chronicles U.S. Congressman John Lewis's 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action relating to civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 80, the film explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family, and his meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.
King In the Wilderness by Chuang, ChrisKing in the Wilderness follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, the film provides a clear window into the civil rights leader's character, showing him to be a man with an unshakeable commitment to peaceful protest in the face of an increasingly unstable country.
Call Number: E185.6 .K56 2018
Publication Date: 2018
King Richard by Green, Reinaldo MarcusBased on the true story that will inspire the world, follow the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever.
Call Number: VID KIN
Publication Date: 2022
Murder in Mississippi by Wolper, Mark M.In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three civil rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. This film examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.
Call Number: VID MUR
Publication Date: 1989
One Night In Miami by King, ReginaA fictional account of one amazing night when icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural turmoil of the 1960s.
Call Number: VID ONE
Publication Date: 2021
Slavery by Another Name by Pollard, SamThis video 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.
Call Number: E185.2 .S53 2012
Publication Date: 2012
The Spook who sat by the front door by Cook, LawrenceDisgusted by tokenism at the C.I.A., a black agent organizes a revolution against the government. A classic film about race, politics, America and society at large told through the prism of the first African American man hired by the CIA to infiltrate his own people. Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee and originally produced as a motion picture in 1973.
Call Number: VID SPO
Publication Date: 1973
Street Fighting Men by James, AndrewsIn a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three men fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, this is a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.
Whose Streets? by Folayan, SabaahWhen unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of Ferguson and St. Louis. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters.
Call Number: HV6483 .F47 W46 2017
Publication Date: 2017
The Wronged Man by McLoughlin, TomParalegal Janet Gregory takes on a pro bono case to help an African-American husband and father who she believes has been wrongly accused of raping a girl in his neighborhood. Her 22-year battle with the justice system will eventually bring him the freedom he deserves and bond the two of them in a life-long friendship.