African American life in Georgia in the 1950s

This purpose of this film, Palmour Street, is to help parents understand the best ways to raise their children, especially in the face of obstacles.

We feel it is worth showing to students because it shows an African American family in rural Georgia in the 1950s as a normal functioning family, important images for all to see as the Civil Rights Movement takes over much of the discussion about Black History beginning in this decade.

It can be shown in contrast to the other major themes of the 50s, consumerism and technicolor.

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A Study of Negro Artists, 1930s silent film

This silent film covers some of the greatest artists during the Harlem Renaissance.

Although there is no narration, it is provides an excellent window in the the exciting artistic happenings in the African American community.

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Langston Hughes, Merry-Go-Round

Langston Hughes was a prolific writer of poetry, articles, novels, plays, and short stories during the Harlem Renaissance.

We have included a copy of his poem, Merry-Go-Round, along with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our 1920s PowerPoint.

What About Prejudice, 1958

This film explores the concept of bias and prejudice.

It follows a student in high school, who is never shown from the waist up, who is initially shunned and his eventual acceptance into the larger group.

Interestingly, it shows students analyzing the roots of their biases, and provides some great discussion points in today’s classroom.

It is certainly relevant as part of Black History Month curriculum.

WWII US Homefront film, 1942

This film shows the daily life of Henry Browne and family, farmers from Georgia. The film links his daily activities on the peanut farm to victory in the war.

We are highlighting this film in celebration of Black History month.

For more Black History resources see our PowerPoint specials.

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