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  • ’63 Boycott Teaser

    ’63 Boycott Teaser

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  • [’63 Boycott raw: Timuel Black interview]

    [’63 Boycott raw: Timuel Black interview]

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Timuel Black, a long-time Civil Rights activist, educator, and historian of African-American history. In the 1960s Black served as an adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr. and led the Chicago contingent to the 1963 March on Washington. Continue reading

  • Neighbor Ladies

    Neighbor Ladies

    In the 1950’s white Americans were fleeing inner cities, spurred on by a legal but unscrupulous real estate technique known as blockbusting. In places such as the Mount Airy neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA, real estate companies would identify a majority white neighborhood and purposely sell a house to an African American. The agents would then blanket the neighborhood with flyers or even make phone calls to white homeowners alerting them to the ‘changing’ nature of the neighborhood, encouraging them to sell immediately before house prices dropped. The result of this was panic selling. Entire neighborhoods could be flipped in less than a month, creating racial distrust while lining the pockets of real estate agents and companies. Neighbor Ladies shares the stories and strategies of community activists and regular people who decided to organize and fight back against the system.

    LeAnn Erickson is Professor of film and video production in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University and has been an independent media artist and filmmaker for over 35 years. Her work has appeared on public and cable television and in media and art galleries, and has won national and international recognition in video and film festivals. In 2010 she completed ‘Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII’, a feature length historical documentary that has screened internationally and is distributed by PBS, Inc. In 2014 she released ‘The Computer Wore Heels’, an interactive iPad bookapp that shares the Top Secret Rosies story with young adults. Currently she is developing two television series pitches and an animated documentary on the life of fitness guru Jack Lalanne. Continue reading

  • Message to the Grass Roots: Gang Truce: The International Scene

    Message to the Grass Roots: Gang Truce: The International Scene

    An episode of Message to the Grass Roots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media. Show #9411. Continue reading

  • Message to the Grass Roots: Talkin’ ‘Bout Ebonics

    Show #9702. Continue reading

  • Message to the Grass Roots: Coming to the End of the Year in a State of Emergency

    An episode of Message to the Grass Roots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media. Show #9312 Continue reading

  • [Slave reparations hearing at Chicago City Council – Justice for Janitors SEIU local #1 strike rally]

    [Slave reparations hearing at Chicago City Council – Justice for Janitors SEIU local #1 strike rally]

    Footage shot by Bill Stamets for the City 2000 project that aimed to document the City of Chicago in the year 2000. The first section tapes place at a reparations hearing at the Chicago City Council, and the second half documents a Justice for Janitors SEIU local #1 strike rally. Continue reading

  • Midnight Basketball League

    Midnight Basketball League

    The Midnight Basketball league team, the Pistons, get ready for a game at the Henry Horner Boys and Girls Club and get a visit from Attorney General Neil Hartigan, who praises the work of the League. Continue reading

 
 
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