Civil Rights Videos

Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (PBS)

A landmark four-part PBS series explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement. Lynchings and beatings by night. Demeaning treatment by day. And a life of crushing subordination for Southern blacks that was maintained by white supremacist laws and customs known as "Jim Crow." It was a brutal and oppressive era in American history, but during this time, large numbers of African Americans and a corps of influential black leaders bravely fought against the status quo, amazingly acquiring for African Americans the opportunities of education, business, land ownership, and a true spirit of community. Available via YouTube

Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution (PBS)

More than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded the group and its leadership remains powerful and enduring images in our popular imagination. This will weave together the voices of those who lived this story—police informants journalists white supporters and detractors those who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Available in Films on Demand.

King Leopold's Ghost

The modern history of the Congo is a terrifying story of appalling brutality. Beginning with King Leopold II of Belgium's avaricious rape of the country and tracing the impact of this horrifying and often-forgotten crime through to the modern day, this immensely shocking doc is a heart-rending tale of a rich country destroyed by rapacious hands.

Strange Demise of Jim Crow (California Newsreel)

Not all the civil rights victories of the ’60s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests played out in front of television cameras. This documentary shows how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quieter fashion, with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. Available in Films on Demand.

SNCC Legacy Collection (California Newsreel)

The collection from California Newsreel contains 38 films on the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Formal addresses, panel discussions, and programs that took place at a conference and reunion unfolding over four days at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the committee. Available in Films on Demand.

The African-American: Many Rivers to Cross Series (PBS)

This six-part series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to 2013 —when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. Available in Films on Demand. Login with your UNM NetID/Password.