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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Superb, essential docu illuminates Black American history.

TV PBS Educational 2016
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This engaging 4-part documentary series offers a comprehensive look at the last 50+ years of Black American history. The conversations that take place are often personal, but each narrative offers well-informed and unique insights into the different ways systemic racism continues to impact the daily lives of Black citizens across the United States. It also highlights and celebrates the progress made over the years to challenge the political, economic, and social institutions that perpetuate it.

The archival footage isn't always easy to watch, especially when it reveals the overt (and accepted) racist attitudes and behaviors of the time. However, what is even more startling is how, in some cases, little has changed. This is why Black America Since MLK: And I Still I Rise is important to watch. It gives viewers a context from which contemporary race-related tensions can be explained and understood. But it also reminds us that there is hope for continued progress as the fight against racism continues.

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