King, A Reverend at the local Lutheran church - like his father before him - catapulted to fame when he came to the assistance of Rosa Parks, an Alabama seamstress who was asked to vacate the seat that she had occupied on a bus. This was in an age when Black Americans were relegated to second-class citizenship through restricted laws and customs. Often, imprisonment and physical punishment awaited those who defied the law enforcement authorities.
A staunch believer of non-violence, Dr. King was able to expound, expose, and extricate America from many wrongs. In just thirteen years, he showed Americans the way to mend those broken fences and to move on in building this land rather than destroying it. One wonders what this great man may have achieved had a bullet not ended his life prematurely 1968.
This DVD contains three glorious clips, which moot the idea of racial integration for a better tomorrow.
Donít Be a Sucker
This fascinating clip uses the example of Nazi Germany to drive home the point that Americanís should not be fooled by people who wage a war against minorities. It warns them not to be suckers and to live in harmony despite the differences in color, race or religion.
Sponsor: U.S. War Department
Producer: U.S. War Department
Color: Black & White
Integration Report 1
This historic documentary shows the Civil Rights Movement in 1959 and 1960. It has some memorable footage of Dr. Martin Luther King and other black leaders who fought for equality. The sit-ins, marches, boycotts and rallies staged in Montgomery, Alabama, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. are seen in this clip.
Producer: Andover Productions
Color: Black & White
Let Us Break Bread Together
This exciting promotional film on Detroit was made when the United States Olympic Committee voted on Detroit as their choice as the host city for the 1968 Olympics. The views of city highways, automobile manufacturing, a diverse population, and social activities, were all shot prior to the city's economic decline.
Sponsor: City of New York, Board of Education
Producer: Film Production Unit, Bureau of AV Instruction
DVD One : 01:04:12
Set in an age when people in several States in America were struggling with issues pertaining to racial segregation, the clips on this DVD pay homage to the efforts made by stalwarts like Dr, Martin Luther King in restoring Americaís image as a secular country.
First hand news clips and recordings of meetings and speeches made against the injustice being meted out to African Americans in Alabama and - believe it or not - New York, tell a stirring story of the fight - and sacrifices made - for equality. You also have a dramatized clip, which warns Americans about the dangers of giving in to segregational ideologies, citing the story of Nazi Germany as an example. With the Cold War heating up quickly, this message could not have been better timed. The DVD rounds off with an uplifting account of how a district in New York went all out to instill the principles of social integration among school children, thus restoring faith in the fact that the human race is blessed with an incredible ability to bounce back from a crisis. It also seems to make a significant statement - that America had learned from history.
As a casual browser, I found this DVD to be an exhilarating record of Americaís war against racism and fascism, and if you happen to be a student of history, I am sure this DVD will be that much more meaningful to you.
"I fully agree with the sentiments outlined in this lovely DVD, that all men have equal rights in this free country. I think we must always bear in mind the many sacrifices that men like Dr. Martin Luther King had to make in order to convince people in the 60s that a free country had no place for racial ideologies." Martin Lee Raymond (Hamilton, Alabama)
"This DVD has a great message for young and old alike, and I think every school library must have a copy of this DVD. A resounding social theme, live recordings and fabulous reenactments make it a collectorís item. Buy your copy today." Esther Spasky (Englewood, Florida)
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