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Black History Month @ GCC: BHM on Video

Welcome to Celebrating Blackness! Use this guide to keep up with Black History Month events and recommendations. We invite you to celebrate Blackness with us here at GCC and abroad!

Your BHM Picks: Videos & Media

comedian nicole byer

Comedian Nicole Byer Is ‘Finding it Hard To Be Funny’ Amid Black Lives Matter...

Suggested by Karen Knotts, she/hers

About this Video: Comedian Nicole Byer gets candid about racism and police brutality. Length: 2:43

Lynda Blackmon Lowery

The Story of a Child Who Marched With MLK at Selma Is Coming to the Stage

Suggested by Theresa Lorch, she/her

About this Video: Lynda Blackmon Lowery signed up with lots of other children to participate in three non-violent marches along U.S. Route 80 in March of 1965. She was 14-and-a-half years old, and tells the story in her book, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom. Length: 3:49

a raisin in the sun film

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Suggested by Dulce Salcedo Lopez, she/her/ella

About this Film: RAISIN IN THE SUN is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award(r) winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of her daughter (Diana Sands) and daughter-in-law (Ruby Dee). It takes the strength and integrity of this African-American family to battle against generations of prejudice to try to achieve theirpiece of the American Dream.

Wilmington on Fire

Suggested by: Hoover Zariani, he/him/his

About this Film: Rosewood has long been infamous, but Wilmington came first and was even more devastating in its effects. In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina's largest city, with a majority black population, a thriving black middle class, and a biracial Republican-Populist fusion government. On November 10, an armed mob of Democrat-backed white supremacists opened fire on African American neighborhoods, slaughtering hundreds and driving thousands out of the city for good. In a five-year passion project that consumed all his resources, director Christopher Everett amassed rare photographs, original research, and testimonies from historians and descendants of the victims to uncover a shocking event that marked a turning point in the politics of the post-Reconstruction South.

James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni, a conversation

About this video: Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin in conversation for the TV show SOUL! .Original video from SOUL! and then shoutfactorytv. All rights and love to Soul! and shoutfactorytv for broadcasting this. Taped in London, November 1971.

For more on Nikki Giovanni reflecting on this conversation in 2016 with Clint Smith:

James Baldwin Debates William Buckley, Jr.

About this video: Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"

hair love short film

Hair Love

Suggested by: Dulce Salcedo Lopez, she/her/ella

About this video: Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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