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Birth of an Answer
Avi Santo, Old Dominion University
D.W. Griffith’s Civil War epic Birth of a Nation is notorious for its racist scenes. A new short film, Our Nation, tells the story of a young African American teenager’s response to the film in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915.
Stars for Freedom
Emilie Raymond, Virginia Commonwealth University
A new book tells the little-known story of how black actors and entertainers in Hollywood contributed their money, connections, and fame to aid the civil rights movement.
Race in America
The civil rights leader Julian Bond passed away on August 15th. In a 2004 interview, Bond, whose grandfather was born into slavery, talks candidly about race in America 50 years after the Brown v. Board decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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