Center for Applied Research and Public Policy (CARPP)

   Race and Ethnicity


Film biography of the life of James Baldwin includes excerpts from his work . Writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed and William Styron discuss Baldwin's influence.. Video

Third World Newsreel (TWN)

An alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them.. Link

GOIN' TO CHICAGO- California Newsreel

The migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North and West during and after World War II is retold through personal stories of a group of Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta... Video

HUGHES' DREAM HARLEM- California Newsreel

This cine-poetic experience celebrates the spirit and work of Harlem's poet laureate Langston Hughes. Contemporary writers, slam poets and arts supporters star.. Video

 RACE - THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION- California Newsreel

The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity... Video

Environmental Racism- TWN

In two 30 minute programs that combine footage from over 20 sources, this tape focuses on educating and organizing disadvantaged communities to act on environmental issues and conditions affecting them. Part I shows how techniques used during the Civil Rights movement can be applied to deal with issues such as urban waste dumping near poor communities, fighting for clean water and air, and toxic dumping in Africa by U.S. chemical companies... Link

WHAT'S RACE GOT TO DO WITH IT?- California Newsreel

Ten years after Skin Deep, a new documentary film chronicles the experiences of a diverse group of college students - in this case, led by veteran UC Berkeley facilitators over the course of a semester - as they confront race, diversity, and their own responsibility for making a difference... Video

Riding the Rails . American Experience- PBS

At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many crisscrossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains... Video

The Abolitionists . American Experience- PBS

Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation... Video

Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition and Creative Progress- TWN

From the 1400s to the 1800s millions of Africans were forcefully removed from Africa and shipped across the Atlantic to the so-called "New World". In 1808, the passage of the Transantlantic Slave Trade Act made transporting or importing slaves in the United States or its territories illegal. Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition and Creative Progress was an international symposium held at New York University from October 9-11, 2008, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by the United States. Distinguished scholars, writers, musicians, visual artists, and organizers from the United States, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America convened to discuss slavery, the slave trade and its consequences, in plenary, panels, readings, performances, conversations and film/video screenings... Video

AFRO@DIGITAL- California Newsreel

Afro@Digital looks at the impact of various digital technologies across a broad swath of present-day African life and asks how the technology is affecting African culture and how it can best serve the interests of Africa and the global South... Video

At The River I Stand- California Newsreel

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation worker into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr... Video


Tracks the landmark case, U.S. vs Yonkers, which challenged housing and educational discrimination in the North and pushed for desegregation... Video

Beyond Black and White: Affirmative Action in America—A Fred Friendly Seminar- Films.com

All sides of the affirmative action issue have targeted the same goal: ending racism of all types. But do opportunities for some have to come at the expense of others? In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School’s Charles Ogletree, a what-if scenario revolves around a university’s efforts to enroll a diverse student body of qualified candidates... Video Link

Freedom Summer- Films.com

On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. A watershed moment in the movement for equality between blacks and whites, the young men’s disappearance riveted the nation... Video Link

Human Rights in North America: Rights & Wrongs—Human Rights Television- Films.com

From Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man,” and Henry David Thoreau’s “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” to the practice of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans, the idea of human rights in North America has not always matched the deeds... Video Link

Black in Latin America, with Henry Louis Gates Jr.- Films.com

In a style similar to Wonders of the African World, Skip Gates will travel to places in Latin America where Africa has touched the continent with lasting cultural results to explore what happens when African and Hispanic worlds meet... Video Link

African-American Lives 2- Films.com

The first African-American Lives series revealed the power that comes from discovering one’s family history. In this second four-part series, Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides a new group of guests through poignant, eye-opening revelations of ancestry and inheritance... Video Link

African-American Lives 2: A Way Out of No Way- Films.com

Continuing to trace guests’ lineages back through the late 1800s to the Civil War and earlier, this program features stories like that of Chris Rock’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, a black Civil War veteran who was twice elected to the South Carolina State Legislature.... Video Link

Black Communities after the Civil War- Films.com

In this program, historians trace the westward migration of former slaves to Oklahoma after the Civil War, where they built many thriving towns—and their subsequent exodus to Tulsa... Video Link

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (University Edition)- Films.com

If prevalent and accepted accounts of American history—both scholarly and those portrayed by Hollywood—are to be believed, the face of the U.S. armed services has always been white. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots finally, and for the first time, sets the record straight... Video Link

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask- Films.com

Frantz Fanon’s two major works, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. This program explores the preeminent theorist of anti-colonialism, integrating the facts of Fanon’s brief but eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey... Video Link

Race and Psychiatry- Films.com

The issue of race within psychiatry is most apparent in the psychiatric hospitals and institutions where, as one doctor who appears in this program puts it, "there is an over-representation of black people." There is also a problem of misdiagnosis and mistreatment because some medical staff don’t understand why people from different cultures behave contrary to their expectations and therefore consider their behavior dysfunctional... Video Link

Supplemental Material: For Love of Liberty, the Story of America’s Black Patriots (University Edition)- Films.com

This program—part six of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots (University Edition)—consists of more than two hours of raw footage and photographs that offer additional insights into the experiences of black military personnel during America’s wars... Video Link

We Shall Not Be Moved: African-American Churches in the Civil Rights Era- Films.com

Using a rich supply of archival photographs and film footage as well as firsthand accounts from pastors, activists, and community members, this program gives long-overdue attention to the pivotal role of African-American churches in the civil rights movement... Video Link

Toni Morrison: In Black And White- Films.com

Winner of numerous awards, most notably the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison made it possible for a new generation of African-American writers to have a voice in the mainstream literary dialogue. Her evocative, multilayered tales illuminate the black experience and have the power to change how readers look at American history... Video Link