Black Studies

300 Miles to Freedom

On June 4, 1844, John W. Jones and four of his companions headed north. They were fugitive slaves who escaped bondage in Leesburg, Virginia.

300 Miles to Freedom chronicles John W Jones' journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad and his remarkable life as a free man in Elmira, New York.

When John arrived in Elmira, he was a twenty-seven-year-old illiterate with $1.46 in his pocket. He died in 1900, a wealthy, literate, respected member of the community.

50 Years Later - Brown v Board of Education (May 17, 2004)

This video, produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, is a discussion about the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case regarding whether or not its promise was realized.

50 Years of Military Integration (July 31, 1998)

This video, produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, is a panel discussion about 50 years of integration in the military.

A $40 Million Slave?

William C. Rhoden, New York Times' sports columnist and author of "Forty Million Dollar Slaves," discusses the evolution of exploitation in athletics.

A 'Dream' Remembered (August 28, 2003)

This video, produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, is about obtaining perspective on Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, then and now.

A Broken Alliance

This interview, directed by Bob Morris, features the broken alliance between Jews and African-Americans.

A Can-Do Lady

This 1998 episode of Tony Brown's Journal is about public education and leadership lessons with educational administrator Lorraine Monroe.

A Champion of Forgotten Champions

This interview, directed by Bob Morris, features the story of African-Americans in sports, specifically Arthur Ashe.

A Class Divided

On the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in April 1968, Jane Elliott's third graders from the small, all-white town of Riceville, Iowa, came to class confused and upset. They recently had made King their "Hero of the Month," and they couldn't understand why someone would kill him. So Elliott decided to teach her class a daring lesson in the meaning of discrimination. She wanted to show her pupils what discrimination feels like, and what it can do to people.

A Class of One - Ruby Bridges (Feb. 18, 1997)

In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges Hall became the first African American child to desegregate an elementary school. In honor of National Black History Month, Hall discusses her memories of the first day she entered her new school in New Orleans, her first year when she was in a class of one, and her efforts to improve education.

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