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Back to the Movement (1979-mid '80s)

Season 2 Episode 8

Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city's Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago's first Black mayor.

Aired: 05/15/21
Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation and viewers like you.
Extras
Power and powerlessness in the cities of Miami and Chicago.
Anti-discrimination rights gained in past decades by the movement are put to the test.
Black activism is increasingly met with an unethical response from law enforcement.
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize Black America.
Martin Luther King, Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the Civil Rights Movement.
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in Black America.
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the movement: call for power.
The Kerner Commission finds "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal."
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery,
Mississippi’s grassroots Civil Rights Movement becomes an American concern.
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Anti-discrimination rights gained in past decades by the movement are put to the test.
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize Black America.
Black activism is increasingly met with an unethical response from law enforcement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the Civil Rights Movement.
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in Black America.
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the movement: call for power.
The Kerner Commission finds "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal."
A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery,
Mississippi’s grassroots Civil Rights Movement becomes an American concern.
Black college students take a leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement.