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This episode is the conclusion of the 1947 musical revue "Jivin' in Be-Bop" starring Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, which included notable musicians such as bassist Ray Brown, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and pianist John Lewis. The film also features singers Helen Humes and Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, ...
This episode is the 1947 musical revue "Jivin' in Be-Bop" starring Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, which included notable musicians such as bassist Ray Brown, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and pianist John Lewis. The film also features singers Helen Humes and Kenny "Pancho" Hagood, Master of Ceremonies ...
This episode is an episode of "The Open Mind" in which Benjamin Hooks, Baptist minister, practicing attorney, and executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sat down with host Richard D. Heffner to discuss the topic of "The Politics of Civil Rights" (1983).
This episode is an interview with former slave Mr. Billy McCrae of Jasper, Texas. Interview conducted by Mr. John A. Lomax in October 1940.
This episode is a classic 1970s anti-drug public service announcement featuring Bill Cosby.
This episode is part of a 1969 TV special designed to make viewers excited for the 1969-1970 NBC Television Network schedule. Included in this clip are "The Bill Cosby Show" and "The Bold Ones" starring Leslie Nielsen and Hari Rhodes.
This episode is part of an interview with civil rights activist Mabel Williams, wife of Robert Williams discussing their lives in Monroe, North Carolina. (August 20, 1999)

Mabel Williams paints a vivid picture of segregated Monroe, North Carolina, detailing the subjugation that ate away at African Americans' ...
On March 31, 1968, only four days before he was to be assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this sermon titled, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
This episode is the musical variety show "Basin Street Revue" (1956) filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City featuring a cast of popular African-American performers including Nipsey Russell, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn, Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers, Martha Davis and Her Spouse, ...
This episode is a collection of three songs performed by concert singer, attorney, athlete, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Included in his trademark baritone are the recordings of the songs "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" (1925), and perhaps his most famous recording "Ol Man River" and "I Still ...
Movie: The conclusion of the 1933 film adaptation of "The Emperor Jones". Starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, an unscrupulously ambitious man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and cunningly sets himself up as emperor.
Movie: "The Emperor Jones" is the 1933 adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. Starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, an unscrupulously ambitious man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and cunningly sets himself up as emperor.
In memory of Reverend Peter J. Gomes, who passed away February 28, 2011, this episode is a sermon delivered at the Memorial Church at Harvard University on Sunday, March 1, 2009 to mark the beginning of Lent. In this sermon, Rev. Gomes addresses the subject of "The Dark Side (Human Sin)".
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This episode is one of Dr. King's sermons on the subject of "Loving Your Enemies". This sermon was delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama on November 11, 1957.
Movie: The conclusion of the 1936 Warner Brothers film adaptation of the hit play "The Green Pastures" God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

This film was spoofed in the cartoon ...
Movie: In the 1936 Warner Brothers film adaptation of the hit play "The Green Pastures" God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.
On December 25, 1952, CBS aired this special Christmas episode of "The Amos 'n Andy Show". In it Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, ...
On April 27, 1960, track and field hero Jesse Owens appeared on this episode of the classic TV show "This Is Your Life".
In this interview, author and theologian James Cone is interviewed by Bob Scott from the Trinity Institute (2008).
This episode is an interview with Vashti Murphy McKenzie, author of several books and the first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Conducted on October 23, 2008, Bishop McKenzie was interviewed by Krista Tippett for Public Radio's Speaking of Faith program.
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