Lawrence, Carol Munday
Most widely held works by Carol Munday Lawrence
Oscar Micheaux, film pioneer ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux is remembered for his work as a pioneer producer-director whose films offered a positive image and an alternative for African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. The program is built around film clips, reenactments, and the on-camera reminiscences of two performers who appeared in Micheaux films: Bee Freeman and Lorenzo Tucker.
Noel's lemonade stand ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Noel's sidewalk lemonade stand is not doing so well until his neighbors start supplying him with baked goods to sell along with his lemonade. Then business starts booming and they all share in the profits.
Kuumba ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Simon, a young boy who lives in Trinidad, uses his natural talents to create the steel drum--just in time for carnival.
Umoja ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Using animation, recounts the tale of the Bengal tiger who refuses to let anyone near the food and water around his habitat after a drought has destroyed all the other food and water in the area. Driven by hunger and thirst, the other animals get together, and, led by a rabbit, they trick the tiger and get their food and drink. Illustrates the point of how much you can accomplish by working together in unity, rather than individually.
Ujima ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
When a farmer in West Africa sees that a dam is about to burst and drown his neighbours in the valley below, he sets his own house on fire. The villagers rush up the hill to help him and in turn are saved from the flood.
Kujichagulia ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Kujichagulia is a Swahili word meaning self-determination. This animated folktale is set in the Australian outback. Two kangaroos that misplaced in a village of platypuses trying to be like the animals around them. Consequently they lose the ability to hop and also fail to learn how to swim.
Imani ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Tells the tale of a masai girl, Beegie and her dream of an inheritance of an egg. The dream is interpreted by her mother as a lesson in faith.
Nia ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Demonstrates doing one's best for the good of the community in a tale set in East Africa.
Portrait of two artists Hughie Lee Smith, Jacob Lawrence ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Features African American artists Hughie Lee-Smith and Jacob Lawrence. Shows their work and visits the artists in their studios.
Umoja: Tiger and the big wind ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The title of this Black folktale is an African word which means unity. The animals work together with a rabbit to trap a tiger who will not share his water and pear tree. In a chanting style, William J. Faulkner retells the story which he learned in childhood. Odetta sings at the beginning and the end of the film.
Imani: Beegie and the egg ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Beegie, a Massai girl is afraid to venture deep into the woods. She dreams about a magic egg entrusted to her by her father. To preserve its magic, she must take it into the forest. Each night, Beegie follows her father's instructions and sings to the egg. It grows and changes, eventually breaking open to release a large collection of African animals. "Imani" is a Swahili word meaning faith and purpose.
Kujichagulia: the kangaroos who forgot ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
One day, in the outback of Australia, two kangaroos, Calvin and Marsupio, went off together and got lost. Adopted by Bill the Platypus and his family, the kangaroos went to platypus school and were good platypus children. Trying to be like the animals around them, they gradually lost their ability to hop, but also failed to learn to swim. When a flood almost drowned them, the kangaroos realized that they should have remained true to themselves. The axiom of this animated fable, inspired by the Swahili word for self-determination (kujichagulia) is: "In trying to be what you are not, you lost the best of what you are."
Nia: Mary Jean and the green stone ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Cut-out animation is used in this adaptation of Alice Walker's parable concerning "nia," a Swahili word meaning self-discipline for the good of the community. Everyone in Mary Jean's rural East African village wears a green stone which shines brightly as a beacon of cooperation. When Mary Jean hesitates to aid a neighbor, her stone flickers less brilliantly. The girl's uncooperativeness mirrors the village's malaise; the crops are not growing and the animals are sick. Realizing that a crisis is affecting the community, a ceremony is held in which the townspeople place their stones in a mosaic. Mary Jean is unable to place her stone with the others and realizes that she must reclaim it with good works. Asking for help from her mother and neighbor, Mary Jean, in turn, does good deeds for them and earns the right to wear the green stone again.
Ujima: Modupe and the flood ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Kuumba: Simon's new sound ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Blues like showers of rain by John Jeremy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1987 and held by 1 library worldwide
Twee films over bluesmuziek en bluesvertolkers.
Story of a people. "The gospel according to ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This episode of the annual television special "Story of a people" examines the growing popularity of gospel music. Profiles some of the major artists and recording companies in the field, and shows some of the pitfalls facing gospel artists trying to compete with the secular market.
Fade out the erosion of black images in the media ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
A look at the portrayal of African Americans in motion pictures and television (mostly from the 1970's on) with comments from director Michael Schultz, writer Stirling Silliphant, actresses Beah Richards and Marla Gibbs, and others.
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