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The Road to Brown

Author: William A ElwoodMykola KulishLarry AdelmanGary WeimbergLawrence DaressaAll authors
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : California Newsreel, 1995, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Brown v. Board of Education ruling was the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement, led by a visionary black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, "the man who killed Jim Crow." Former slaves were robbed of the rights granted by the 14th and 15th Amendments. Under the "separate but equal" doctrine of the Supreme Court's 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, black
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Biographical films
Biography
Named Person: Charles Hamilton Houston; Charles Hamilton Houston
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: William A Elwood; Mykola Kulish; Larry Adelman; Gary Weimberg; Lawrence Daressa; Steven A Jones; California Newsreel (Firm); University of Virginia.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 54396064
Credits: Senior producer, Larry Adelman ; edited by Gary Weinberg, Yasha Aginsky ; camera, Brad Shapiro ; music research, Darryl Cox ; post production facilites, San Francisco Production Group.
Performer(s): Narrator, Steven Anthony Jones.
Description: 1 videocassette (56 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Contents: Prologue to Brown --
Plessy and the era of Jim Crow --
The man who would kill Jim Crow --
The strategy unfolds --
Final groundwork --
The road from Brown.
Responsibility: Corporation for Public Broadcasting ; a film from California Newsreel ; a presentation of the University of Virginia ; executive producer, William Elwood ; produced and directed by Mykola Kulish ; written by William Elwood, Larry Adelman, Gary Weimberg, Larry Daressa, Mykola Kulish.

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The Brown v. Board of Education ruling was the culmination of a brilliant legal assault on segregation that launched the Civil Rights movement, led by a visionary black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, "the man who killed Jim Crow." Former slaves were robbed of the rights granted by the 14th and 15th Amendments. Under the "separate but equal" doctrine of the Supreme Court's 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, black citizens were denied the right to vote, to attend white schools, or to get sick in white hospitals. Those who objected were liable to be lynched.

Houston targeted segregated education as the key to undermining the entire Jim Crow system. Interviews with his associates recount how Houston, eschewing the limelight himself, energized a generation of black jurists including future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to wage the struggle against segregation. In a moving climax, the film recapitulates the arguments before the Court, Justice Warren's opinion striking down Plessy, and the jubilant reactions of black America.

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