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Be inspired by the events and people that influenced the African American Civil Rights MovementEach of the features below is a window into a documentary or program about this transformational period in American History, including key influencers like the Freedom Rides and Black Power Movement. The features will connect you directly to the website of a PBS partner where it can be viewed in full or allow you to watch a preview directly within the collection below. Get started now. Venture back into history with PBS to explore The Civil Rights Movement.

History of School Desegregation

History of School Desegregation

Uncover the strategy and impact of Brown v. Board of Education.

The Barber of Birmingham: Integrating the Schools

The Barber of Birmingham: Integrating the Schools

Armstrong and his son remember the historic moment when schools were no longer segregated.

MLK appears on Boston public television alongside Malcolm X and James Baldwin.
James Baldwin from "The Negro and the American Promise"

James Baldwin from "The Negro and the American Promise"

Described as "a television experience that seared the conscience."

Malcolm X on "The Negro and the American Promise"

Malcolm X on "The Negro and the American Promise"

Malcolm X appears on Boston public television alongside MLK and James Baldwin.

1957 MLK Interview on The Open Mind

1957 MLK Interview on The Open Mind

Guests: King, Martin Luther; Waring, J. Waites

Retrace the Rides

Retrace the Rides

Retrace the Freedom Rides through this interactive map.

The Fresh Troops

The Fresh Troops

Future Freedom Riders were trained in nonviolence.

Freedom Rider Mary Ann Smith

Freedom Rider Mary Ann Smith

Freedom rider Mary Ann Smith Wilson tells her story.

Contextualizing the Black Power Movement for a New Generation. From Independent Lens.
A Civil Rights Firebrand Still Inspires Fascination and Fear

A Civil Rights Firebrand Still Inspires Fascination and Fear

Talib Kweli becomes a figure of interest while researching speeches of Stokely Carmichael.

Black Power Playlist

Black Power Playlist

The music that defined the Black Power Movement.

The Civil Rights through Pictures

The Civil Rights through Pictures

Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Lewis shares iconic photos from Civil Rights era & more.

The videos and features above are from PBS documentaries and productions by American Experience, Indpendent Lens, POV, WNETUNC-TV and Beyond Brown

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Quiz: 1964 Freedom Summer

Quiz: 1964 Freedom Summer

Test your knowledge of the defining moments and events of Freedom Summer.

Quiz: 1963 March on Washington

Quiz: 1963 March on Washington

Pick a quiz and test your knowledge about the March on Washington.

More videos & resources on The Civil Rights Movement:  

Eyes on the Prize

Torchbearers

Louisiana Diary 

The Murder of Emmett Till 

Roads to Memphis 

A Celebration of Civil Rights Music, In Performance at the White House

Primary Resource: Civil Rights Act of 1964, American Experience 

 

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