The Fundamental Tension of African American History.
CUNY professor Leith Mullings discusses the importance of understanding the balance between oppression and resistance when describing African American history. Source: Columbia University.
Two Strategies Among Black Reformers at the 20th Century.
At the beginning of the 20th century, blacks are divided into two groups: those willing to work within the system for advancement and those willing to fight the system for better treatment. Source: NBC News/iCue.
Jim Crow Laws in the South.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks fill local and national offices, but white southerners are determined to pass new state laws to curtail this progress. Source: NBC News/iCue.
The Great Migration.
At the outbreak of World War I, industries in the north open employment to African Americans. They leave the south in record numbers for jobs in the north. Source: NBC News/iCue.
Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association.
Activist Marcus Garvey brings his message of racial pride and self-reliance to New York's Harlem, inspiring future “black power” movements. Source: NBC News/iCue.
Negro Theater Performs Macbeth.
The Federal Theater Project's Negro Theater Unit performs Shakespeare's Macbeth in New York, 1937. Source: Archive Films/Getty Images.
The First Black Paratroopers.
Tom Brokaw interviews members of the 555th Battalion, the first black paratroopers in any American war. Source: NBC News/iCue.
Jesse Owens in 1936 Olympics.
Jesse Owens sprints to victory in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. Source: Rick Prelinger/Getty Images.