Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
Explore educational materials from the series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. Embark with professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Travel from the victories of the Civil Rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.
In this lesson, students view video clips from the film Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise covering the strengths and weaknesses of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as well as the impact of the Black Power movement on civil rights. They also explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s controversial trip to Chicago that exposed racism and institutional segregation in the North.
In this lesson, students explore how the Civil Rights Movement unleashed a wave of change that followed into the 1970s. Students analyze how housing discrimination, government housing policies, departure from inner cities, and an anemic national economy nevertheless left many African Americans in a state of concentrated poverty.
In this lesson, students examine their attitudes about some of the complexities posed by race. Students then explore the success of two African Americans in the entertainment industry—Oprah Winfrey and Robert L. Johnson, head of BET (Black Entertainment Television).
In this lesson, students examine the challenges faced by many African Americans low-income neighborhoods in the 1990s. The lesson focuses on the war on drugs, the media that surrounded it, and how the perception gleaned from the reporting translated into public policy with unforeseen consequences.