ANTIRACISM AND RACIAL JUSTICE
These important PBS news specials and award-winning films are available online to help viewers better understand today’s headlines and reflect on the long history of racial injustice in America that brought us to this point. Included are recent specials by PBS NewsHour, films from American Masters and Independent Lens, two films by Ken Burns, three series from Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and more.
April 8, 2019
Reconstruction: America After The Civil War explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.
Alabama Public Television Productions
The story of the now legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956. Locally engineered by the African American community, this nonviolent protest to end bus segregation inspired a new era in freedom and human rights struggles around the globe. Never has a movement so successfully united a group of people across class, gender and age.
Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend explores the extraordinary lives, inspirations, and history of these artists, and also follows them on a poignant and sometimes very comical bus journey to see their quilts exhibited at The Milwaukee Art Museum.
Thornton Dial was self-taught artist that didn't begin his work until after his retirement from decades of building Pullman cars. His work was universally hailed as brilliant but he labored largely in obscurity for most of his art career. This award-winning film explores Dial's work along with the challenges and biases of a larger art world that wasn't ready for his innate genius.
Each school year, Alabama Public Television produces one or more Learning Adventures. These webcasts are designed to be live streamed at specific, scheduled times, and feature interactivity. Project C is a 7 part series designed for grades 6-12 that explores the American Civil Rights Movement.
This first episode explores Birmingham, Alabama as student reporters begin on a journey to discover how the civil rights movement of 1963 is still relevant today by visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Bethel Baptist Church and more, to speak with experts. Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Ahmad Ward, Director of Education for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, answer viewer questions.
In part two, our journey to discover the lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement continues. We check in on our community page and follow our student reporters as they visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and meet with activists from the 1960s to learn about how to take action against injustice. Activist Bishop Calvin Woods and civil rights attorney Doug Jones answer viewer questions.
In this episode of Project C, our student reporters conclude their journey of discovery by meeting with activists working on current issues of inequality and discrimination. Human rights activist Shelly Stewart and Immigration reform activist Arturo Burciaga answer questions submitted by students during the live event.