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RACE IN LITERATURE, BIOGRAPHY & FILM
Literature and feature films are creative endeavors, and are intended to affect viewers and readers on a personal level. They are also vehicles to teach, communicate, broaden understanding, and instill empathy in us about the impact of events on people. The literature titles and films listed in this section portray racism and show and describe its history and profound impact on persons who suffered under it.
LITERATURE & FICTION BOOKS AT THE TUC LIBRARY
Invisible Man by
*First published in 1952.
*Winner of the the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953.
*Ranked 19th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Native Son by
Originally published: March 1, 1940
* ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK.*
To find the ebook, search for "Richard Wright's Native son" in the TUC Library catalog.
There There by
*Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.
*Awarded a Gold Medal for First Fiction by the California Book Awards.
The Underground Railroad by
*Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
*Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction
*Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
*Winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS AT THE TUC LIBRARY
MOVIES AT THE TUC LIBRARY
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: JAMES BALDWIN AND RACE IN AMERICA (Streaming Movie)
"I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for." - From the producer's website
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (DVD)
The “immortal” cells of Henrietta Lacks were used in the development of the polio vaccine, the study of cancer, viruses, in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping, with her genetic property bought and sold without her, or her family’s knowledge. Henrietta Lacks' story uncovers the history of medical research experimentation on African-Americans, bioethical issues and informed consent.
***This DVD is available for check-out from the TUC Library.
KEN BURNS: THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Streaming Movie)
"The Central Park Five, a film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice." - From the producer's website
Directed by Ava DuVernay (“13th, “When They See Us”, “The Red Line”), Selma covers the work and trails of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, his work with Lyndon Johnson towards the Civil Rights Act, the FBI wiretapping, the marches and protests over school desegregation, and the “March” from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in support of voting rights for Black Americans. The film also features King’s fellow civil rights leaders, Andrew Young, and the late U.S. Congressman, John Lewis.
*This is a DVD available through the TUC Library.*