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Films Based on the Civil Rights Movement
4 Little Girls by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD F334.B69 A24 2000 / Clarkston / Decatur - DVD F334.B657 A3 2000
Publication Date: 1997
On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation-and a defining moment in the history of America's civil-rights movement.
* Also available streaming on Films on Demand
12 Years a Slave by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997.2 .A135 2014 / Alpharetta / Clarkston / Dunwoody/ Newton - DVD PN1997.2 .A1223 2014
Publication Date: 2013
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by
Call Number: Decatur / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .A94 2004
Publication Date: 1974
The history of blacks in the South as seen through the eyes of a 110-year-old former slave. Based on the novel of the same title by Ernest J. Gaines.
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .B3558 2001
Publication Date: 2000
In a searing parody of American television and racial attitudes a young African American network executive, under pressure from his white boss, creates a minstrel show, hoping that it will fail and that he will be released from his network contract -- but the TV show becomes both a hit and the subject of much controversy.
*Also available streaming on SWANK
The Color Purple by
Call Number: Multiple campuses - See catalog for call number.
Publication Date: 1985
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who's forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.
Ghosts of Mississippi by
Call Number: Alpharetta - DVD PN1997 .G4566 2010 / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .G4566 2000
Publication Date: 1996
After two hung juries and the passage of thirty years the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is joined by a district attorney with an interest in the case to bring the accused murderer to justice.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997.G84 K723 1998/ Clarkston / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .G835 1998 / Clarkston / Decatur / Newton - DVD PN1997 .G835 2008
Publication Date: 1967
Crusading newspaper publisher Matt Drayton's liberal principles are put to the test when his daughter, Joey, announces her engagement to John Prentice, an internationally renowned African-American physician.
The Help by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997.2 .H3974 2011 / Alpharetta / Clarkston / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997.2 .H4535 2011
Publication Date: 2011
In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives and a small Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (The Butler) by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997.2 .B88 2014 / Alpharetta / Clarkston / Decatur - DVD PN1997.2 .B867 2014
Publication Date: 2013
Inspired by a true story, Cecil Gaines is a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served eight Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America.
The Long Work by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .L667 2003 / Clarkston - DVD PN1997 .L653 2013
Publication Date: 1990
"At a time in America when everyone did what was expected, they had the courage to do what was right." "A story of incredible friendship."--Cover.
Malcolm X by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .M3345 2000 / Alpharetta / Decatur - DVD PN1997 .M35 2010b / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .M35 2005
Publication Date: 1992
Screen version of the life of Malcolm X, who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader.
Mississippi Burning by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .M576 2001 / Alpharetta / Clarkston / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .M57 2001
Publication Date: 1988
Set in Mississippi in 1964, this controversial film is based on the true story of the case of three young civil rights workers who were brutally murdered in June of 1964.
A Raisin in the Sun by
Call Number: Alpharetta / Decatur / Dunwoody / Newton - DVD PN1997 .R2258 1999
Publication Date: 1961
Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.
The Rosa Parks Story by
Call Number: Clarkston - DVD PN1997.2 R67 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Dramatic biography of Rosa McCauley Parks, who in 1955 created the spark that began the modern Civil Rights Movement.
* Also available on Films on Demand
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997.2 .S3647 2015 / Alpharetta / Clarkston / Decatur / Newton - DVD PN1997.2 .S4457 2015
Publication Date: 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
To Kill a Mockingbird by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .T634 2012 / Alpharetta - DVD PN1997 .T656 2006 / Clarkston -DVD PN1997 .T656 1998 / DVD PN1997 .T656 2005 / Decatur - DVD PN1997 .T656 2012
Publication Date: 1962
In a small Alabama town in the thirties, a softly-spoken lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black sharecropper against a charge of raping a white woman.
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD E185.6 .U58653 2006 / Clarkston / Decatur - DVD E185.61 .U596 2006 / Dunwoody - DVD E185.61 .U596 2005
Publication Date: 2005
A biography of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager who was murdered for whistling at a white women in Mississippi in 1955. Chronicles director Beauchamp's decade-long effort to determine the true identities of Till's killers.
What Happened, Miss Simone? by
Call Number: Atlanta - ML420.S5635 L54 2016
Publication Date: 2015
"Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, an intimate and vivid look at the legendary life of Nina Simone, the classically trained pianist who evolved into a chart-topping chanteuse and committed civil rights activist.