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Civil Rights

A new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection, currently featuring a selection of our award-winning films from Stanley Nelson (Firelight), documenting pivotal moments in the 20th century civil rights movement— along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with race, democracy and justice.

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  • The Murder of Emmett Till poster image The Murder of Emmett Till

    The Murder of Emmett Till

    In August 1955, a 14-year-old Black boy named Emmett Till was murdered by two white men. His death helped mobilize the civil rights movement.

  • Freedom Riders poster image Freedom Riders

    Freedom Riders

    The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.

  • Freedom Summer poster image Freedom Summer

    Freedom Summer

    A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.