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Arts

I'll Make Me A World
A century of African American arts and artists
http://www.pbs.org/immaw/

The Art of Romare Bearden
Discover the art of one of the 20th century's preeminent American artist.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/romarebearden/index.html

Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
From Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/february98/harlem_2-20.html

African-American Spiritual Quilts
Narrative quilts depict the African American experience. From Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week725/feature.html

Sweet Old Song
Discover the music of Howard Armstrong and the art of Barbara Ward.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/sweetoldsong/


Literature

Ralph Ellison
From American Masters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/ellison_r_homepage.html

King of the Bingo Game
From American Storytellers
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/bingogame/index.html

Literature and Life: The Givens Collection
Classic African American literature
http://www.pbs.org/ktca/litandlife/index.html

James Baldwin
From American Masters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/baldwin_j.html

Cora Unashamed
Langston Hughes's moving Depression-era story of an African American domestic working in a stifling Midwestern household. From Masterpiece Theatre
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/americancollection/cora/index.html

Music

Jazz
A film by Ken Burns
http://www.pbs.org/jazz/

The Blues
A multimedia celebration
http://www.pbs.org/theblues

Swingin' with the Duke
From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/ellington/

Brothermen
Explore the African American experience through the art of five men.
http://www.pbs.org/brothermen/

Deford Bailey: A Legend Lost
Discover the music of Deford Bailey, the most influential harmonica player in the first half of the 20th century.
http://www.pbs.org/deford

Sweet Old Song
Discover the music of Howard Armstrong and the art of Barbara Ward.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/sweetoldsong/

Jimmy Scott
Follow jazz great Jimmy Scott's odyssey through success, failure, and rediscovery. From Indepedent Lens
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/jimmyscott/index.html

Strange Fruit
Learn the story behind "Strange Fruit," the protest anthem of the 1940s and impacted millions during the civil rights movement. From Indepedent Lens
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/strangefruit/index.html

Three Mo' Tenors
African-American tenors perform songs from a wide range of musical genres, including opera, blues, soul, and Broadway. From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/tenors/threemotenors.html

Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows
From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/nataliecole/nataliecole.html

American Masters
Profiles:

Louis Armstrong
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/armstrong_l.html
James Brown
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/brown_j.html
Ray Charles
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/charles_r.html
Duke Ellington
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/ellington_d.html
Ella Fizgerald
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/fitzgerald_e.html
Aretha Franklin
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/franklin_a.html
Billie Holiday
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/holiday_b.html
Lena Horne
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/horne_l.html
Quincy Jones
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/jones_q.html
Charlie Parker
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/parker_c.html
Cole Porter
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/porter_c.html
Muddy Waters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/waters_m.html

Stage and Screen

Free to Dance
An online guide to African American dance
http://www.pbs.org/freetodance

Conjure Women
Explore the work of African American female performance artists, composers and more
http://www.pbs.org/conjure/

The Jubilee Singers
From The American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/singers/

Porgy and Bess
From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/porgy/index.html

Negro Ensemble Company
From American Masters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/negro_ensemble_co.html

Sidney Poitier
From American Masters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/poitier_s.html

Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera
The story of African Americans in opera since the days of the legendary Paul Robeson. From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/aidasbrothers.html

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
Former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart. From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/singers/

Play On!
A delightful musical, loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," features the music of Duke Ellington. From Great Performances
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/playon.html

Brothermen
Explore the African American experience through the art of five men.
http://www.pbs.org/brothermen/



Business

That Money Show
An online guide to the ins and outs of all things financial
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/moneyshow/

Tavis Smiley
A unique mix of news, issues, and popular culture combine for a thought-provoking and entertaining program. http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/



Culture

This Far by Faith
African-American spiritual journeys
http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/

Independent Lens: A Place of Our Own
For generations of affluent African American, Oak Bluffs, a New England beach town, was a summer sanctuary.
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/placeofourown/index.html

Tavis Smiley
A unique mix of news, issues, and popular culture combine for a thought-provoking and entertaining program.
http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/

AFRICA
Travel to eight of Africa's most fascinating regions in this photo-rich site
http://www.pbs.org/africa

Wonders of the African World
From the mosques of Mali to the pyramids of Egypt, join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he explores Africa in this online companion to the 1999 PBS TV series.
http://www.pbs.org/wonders

Hip-Hop Style: What's Cool
From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/infocus/fashion/hiphop.html



History

Beginnings

Africans in America
Collection of online resources about African slavery in America.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/


Building Freedom

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In a world turned upside down, ordinary men and women faced an extraordinary task. From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reconstruction/index.html

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Exploring slavery's legacy
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
Revolutionary hero? Or fanatical killer? Who was Nat Turner? From Independent Lens
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/natturner/

Fatal Flood
A story of greed, power and race
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flood/

Marcus Garvey
From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/garvey/

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
From American Tragedy
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/

Asa Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom
The story of a great labor leader
http://www.pbs.org/weta/apr/

Goin' to Chicago
Relive the Great Migration
http://www.pbs.org/gointochicago/

Military Integration - 50th Anniversary
From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec98/integration_7-31.html


Civil Rights Era

Citizen King
Discover Martin Luther King Jr.'s charismatic leadership. From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/

The Real Martin Luther King
From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/gergen/jan-june00/dyson_1-18.html

A Huey P. Newton Story
Meet the man behind the Black Panthers legend
http://www.pbs.org/hueypnewton

A Conversation with Ruby Bridges Hall
The first child to desegregate an elementary school, Ruby Bridges Hall recounts her experience to the NewsHour.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/jan-june97/bridges_2-18.html

Little Rock Nine: 25th Anniversary
From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/jan-june97/bridges_2-18.html

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore
One civil rights leader's courageous stand
http://www.pbs.org/gointochicago/

The Murder of Emmett Till
The brutal killing that mobilized the civil rights movement. From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/



Politics

The Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson
A Frontline Special Report
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/jesse/

Great Speeches
Listen to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson
http://www.pbs.org/greatspeeches/timeline/index.html#1960

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Ralphe Bunche was the first person of color to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
http://www.pbs.org/ralphbunche/

A Huey P. Newton Story
Learn about the life and times of Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther movement.
http://www.pbs.org/hueypnewton/

Racial Divide
A look at the politics of race among African Americans. From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/jan-june01/race_1-15.html



Society

Race: the Power of an Illusion
What is race?
http://www.pbs.org/race

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Exploring slavery's legacy
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow

Beyond Brown
Fifty years later, how close is America to fulfilling the promise of Brown v. Board of Education?
http://www.pbs.org/mattersofrace/

Matters of Race
Explore issues of race and identity.
http://www.pbs.org/mattersofrace/

The Two Nations of Black America
A Frontline Special Report with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/race/

Race Relations
Background reports from the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/race_relations.html



A Dialogue on Race with President Clinton
From the Online NewsHour
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/race_relations/OneAmerica/oneamerica.html

Digital Divide
Examine the role computers play in widening social gaps throughout our society.
http://www.pbs.org/digitaldivide/

Forgotten Fires
An inside look at America's race wars
http://www.pbs.org/forgottenfires

Fatal Flood
A story of greed, power, and race. From American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flood/

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
Explore the history of black newspapers
http://www.pbs.org/blackpress/

Homecoming
A story of African American farmers
http://www.pbs.org/homecoming/

Two Towns of Jasper
Two film crews, one black and one white, set out to document the aftermath of the murder of a black man. From P.O.V.
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/twotownsofjasper/index.htm



Science

Partners of the Heart
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/partners/ Vivien Thomas's medical collaboration with Alfred Blalock led to a life-saving procedure for "blue babies."

Health Care Divide
Do minorities receive inferior health care? An Online NewsHour discussion
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june02/divide_3-20.html

AIDS at 20
An Online NewsHour report on growing AIDS rates among minorities.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june01/aids_5-30.html

Dying to Be Thin
How eating disorders affect minority women
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/thin/minorities.html



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