The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) have launched The Civil Rights History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/. The portal presents the results of a nationwide inventory of oral-history interviews with participants in the civil rights movement. The research, which was initiated and completed in 2010, identified several hundred collections held in libraries, museums, archives, universities, historical societies, and other institutions across the nation. The database and search tool, developed by Library of Congress catalogers and web designers, will enable researchers to efficiently query the survey results and locate collections in repositories around the country.
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“I am pleased that the results of the survey can now be shared with everyone who is interested in the accounts of those who took part in the civil rights movement,” said Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress. “We can also acknowledge the crucial work that libraries, archives, museums and other institutions around the country have done to record and preserve those accounts.”
The Avery Research Center presents a two-day symposium and art show celebrating the Black Art aesthetic of filmmaker Julie Dash.
September 16-17, 2011
To register or view the schedule, follow the link above.
still from Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1977)
This fall the UCLA Film & Television Archive will celebrate the filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion in the retrospective L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. All the details have not been released yet, but mark your calendars for the one-day symposium that will take place on November 12 at UCLA. BFC/A director Michael Martin is scheduled to participate.
The UCLA Film& Television Archive’s director, Jan-Christopher Horak, has written a few blog posts on collecting related films and organizing the program. You can find them HERE, HERE and HERE.
We’ll keep you posted about the final program.
The BFC/A turns 30 this year, and we plan to celebrate! We have an exciting array of events and activities for students, faculty, community members, and visitors this semester.
BFC/A is currently featured in the main display case at Wells Library
- Aug 28: We are co-sponsoring a screening of the classic blaxploitation film Shaft at IU Cinema.
- Sept 30; Oct. 14; Oct 28: Friday afternoon screenings of films from the Archive.
- Nov 4: Dedication of the Reading Room to Phyllis Klotman, the first director of the BFC/A. Charles Burnett will be in attendance.
- Nov 3-6: Charles Burnett films screened at IU Cinema.
This, of course, is just a taste of what will be going on this semester. We’re also creating new special events that we’ll post about in the coming weeks. So stayed tuned!
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC IS MY LIFE, POLITICS MY MISTRESS is the intriguing story of Oscar Brown Jr., a poet, playwright, musician, composer, lyricist, author and civil and social activist. Produced and directed by filmmaker donnie l. betts, the film focuses on the life of this extraordinary man of all seasons and is great contributions to history.
Described by the LA Times as “… a national treasure who should be honored by the Kennedy Center”, Oscar Brown Jr. is an inspiring man never afraid to speak his mind. MUSIC IS MY LIFE, POLITICS MY MISTRESS, is a compelling look at the life of a legend and a true American icon. Winner of 11 Film Festival awards. Premiering on the Documentary Channel on August 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Documentary Channel is available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197)and DIRECTV (Channel 267).
Find your copy at www.blackradiodays.com/shop or www.filmbaby.com
Have you checked out the National Black Programming Consortium’s website recently? They’re currently featuring a new webseries, directed and produced by Angela Tucker, called Black Folk Don’t. Using interviews, Tucker unpacks stereotypes about African Americans in a witty and informative way.
There are two episodes up already: Black Folk Don’t Tip and Black Folk Don’t Go to Therapy.
The organizers of the Africa International Film Festival, which is held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, have extended their submissions deadline for this year’s festival to August 30, 2011.
From the press release:
Founded in 2009, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
has a vision to create a platform for the world to zoom in on the
diversity and creativity of Africa through motion pictures.
Eligible films must have been produced after January 1, 2011 and preference will be given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa. Categories include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation.
For further information please visit
For the entry form for click HERE.
Since 1998 the Black August Hip Hop Project has been working to promote human rights through hip hop through a melding of culture and politics. This year marks the second iteration of their film showcase, which will take place next Saturday, August 13 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.
Click HERE for the list of film titles and descriptions.