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  • Actors: Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WBYDLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This comprehensive DVD compilation features an in-depth collection of documentaries and programs chronicling the contributions and accomplishments of the most prominent and influential African-Americans throughout the history of the United States. From the oppression and hardship during the time of the Civil War to civil rights movements that paved the way to this country's first African-American president, this 39 program set is the definitive retrospective of Black History in America.

Celebrate Black History with 39 Captivating Programs!

An inspiring compilation of history's most notable African Americans. 

This exciting 3 DVD set features a rare collection of documentary features which celebrate the life, culture and accomplishments of history's most influential and prominent African Americans including:

Frederick Douglass
Booker T. Washington
Maggie Lena Walker
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malcolm X
Paul Robeson
Joe Louis
Scott Joplin
W.C. Handy
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Carl Lewis
Barack Obama

Documentaries include:

African Americans in World War II
African Burial Ground Vol. 1
African Burial Ground Vol. 2
African Burial Ground Vol. 3
African Burial Ground Vol. 4
Black Wings - The American Black in Aviation
Booker T. Washington - The life And legacy
Barack Obama - The Power of Hope
Carl Lewis on his Career
Frederick Douglass - An American Life
Henry Browne - Farmer
Highlights of The 1936 Olympics Berlin
Integration Report
Jan Matzeliger
Larry Lebby and Stone Lithography
Lou Stovall
March in Washington
Malcolm X Nationalist or Humanist
Martin Luther King - Civil Rights Roundtable
Negro Colleges in War Time
Newsreel The Black Panthers
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Robeson - The Tallest Tree in Our Forest
Poverty in America
Scott Joplin
The Brown Bomber
The Civil War
The Life of Maggie Lena Walker
The Longines Chronoscope Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
The Negro in Entertainment
The Negro in Industry
The Negro in Sports
The Negro Sailor
The Negro Soldier
The Open Mind - New Negro With Martin Luther King
The Plantation System in Southern Life
To Do Battle in The Land
W.C. Handy
We Work Again
What About Prejudice?

Customer Reviews

I loved every bit of the history.
phantommaster
African Americans are always put in a dark place when speaking of them, this movie brought African Americans in a bright light.
Hattie Soil
If you are someone who doesn't like reading, then purchase this documentary, I assure you, that you will not be disappointed.
kemetez

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By CGScammell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2010
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I was hoping for a more solid collection of documentaries here. Instead, most of the videos on the first disc were biased 1950s news reels with that typical propagandistic happy male voice so prevalent back then. Slaves were depicted as happy servants eager to make their white masters happy. And the slave owners were all depicted as soft-spoken, gentle men. We all know that there were many incidents in our past of bloody slave uprisings and violent repressions of our blacks.

Some of the videos were made by the War Department, whose primary mission in the 1950s was to make everything more optimistic so that people didn't lose the urge to fight against the Communists. I therefore doubt the truth and accuracy in some of these videos.

The second and third discs get a little better. One sees and hears the real figures in interviews and newsreels. But even then interviews were scripted and blacks were told to smile and talk only of the positive things in their lives. These were the videos shown on TV at the time, videos that were sometimes produced by cigarette or alcohol companies. What we don't see are news reels talking about the lynchings, state discrimination traditions (especially in housings) or interviews with whites who were fighting for equality for blacks.

Not enough videos of female black activists were in this collection. Maggie Lena Walker is the only one who gets her own video presentation. A few others are seen in the sports and entertainment snippets. It's as if the female black activist never existed.

This collection is ideal for those wanting to see the news as it was presented at the time, with bias and all. But for a more critical review of these events, I would look elsewhere. There are other more detailed and balanced collection of videos out there honoring accomplishments of African Americans, both female and male.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on May 8, 2013
My cousin purchased this dvd from Walmart for her granddaughter during Black History Month. They sat down together with other family members to view the dvd. Everyone who was watching was horrified at the content to the extent that they could no longer watch it. I pride myself on being able to be objective in matters of this type and borrowed it to view for myself before accepting their viewpoint. It was disgusting. I couldn't finish it either. This was obviously put together by someone who believes that black people appreciated slavery and was dancing the jig in gratitude. It was unbelievable,that someone could misrepresent history in this matter and put on the market as history. They should be ashame. I looked up ashame and it is a word, from old English, not used and pertinent today, the same as this dvd.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kemetez on August 6, 2011
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I purchased this documentary on the premise that I will learn something about black history and culture. This doc. certainly surpassed my expectations and the price is an absolute bargain. This package offers the viewer a chance to identify with the great Afro-Americans of the past who strongly rebutted the status quo of black inferiority and denigration. Their committment to change the political landscape of their day established the order that we now take for granted.

These men were the messengers or prophets who came to change things for us. I believe that every household should have this documentary.

If you are someone who doesn't like reading, then purchase this documentary, I assure you, that you will not be disappointed. There is lots to learn without reading dozens of books. I am from the Caribbean and Black American History is also our history!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Educator on December 22, 2010
When I came across this DVD program I couldn't believe the price was so low. I could get so much black history for such a low price. This program is just a collection of old documentary put together. I think the Obama program was put together well. I really don't care about having three hundred hours of footage, but I just want the title and the program to match. Considering you get so much information for such a low price I gave it three stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Primus on May 25, 2014
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This was a gift for my father-in-law and he stated that he has thoroughly enjoyed it and that it provided an overview of some of America's most influential African-Americans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifton A. Moustache on May 5, 2014
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well received
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hattie Soil on April 29, 2014
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African Americans are always put in a dark place when speaking of them, this movie brought African Americans in a bright light. I would recommend this movie in a heart beat because it makes you aware where they have been through and where they are going. Great family movie and very clear picture. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GW513 on May 25, 2014
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The three DVD set is very educational, however with todays technology I would like to believe that they could have been digitally remastered.
The picture and sound quality are not very good.
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