Video Archive

The Fundamental Tension of African American History.
CUNY professor Leith Mullings discusses the importance of understanding the balance between oppression and resistance when describing African American history. Source: Columbia University.

Video location: Introduction

Two Strategies Among Black Reformers at the 20th Century.
At the beginning of the 20th century, blacks are divided into two groups: those willing to work within the system for advancement and those willing to fight the system for better treatment. Source: NBC News/iCue.

Video location: Introduction

Jim Crow Laws in the South.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks fill local and national offices, but white southerners are determined to pass new state laws to curtail this progress. Source: NBC News/iCue.

Video location: SECTION 01 : Jim Crow

The Great Migration.
At the outbreak of World War I, industries in the north open employment to African Americans. They leave the south in record numbers for jobs in the north. Source: NBC News/iCue.

Video location: SECTION 03 : The Great Migration

Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association.
Activist Marcus Garvey brings his message of racial pride and self-reliance to New York's Harlem, inspiring future “black power” movements. Source: NBC News/iCue.

Video location: SECTION 04 : Marcus Garvey

Negro Theater Performs Macbeth.
The Federal Theater Project's Negro Theater Unit performs Shakespeare's Macbeth in New York, 1937. Source: Archive Films/Getty Images.

Video location: SECTION 07 : Harlem Renaissance

The First Black Paratroopers.
Tom Brokaw interviews members of the 555th Battalion, the first black paratroopers in any American war. Source: NBC News/iCue.

Video location: SECTION 10 : End of World War Two

Jesse Owens in 1936 Olympics.
Jesse Owens sprints to victory in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. Source: Rick Prelinger/Getty Images.

Video location: SECTION 13 : Pop-Culture