The African American Experience

An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection featuring a selection of films documenting the African American Experience — along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with race, democracy and justice, and celebrating the contributions of Black Americans to the American story.

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American Experience

Voice of Freedom

The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial

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Voice of Freedom

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American Experience

The Fight

The famous 1938 heavyweight fight between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling.

The Fight

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American Experience

The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

How a horrific incident of racial violence became catalyst for the civil rights movement.

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The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

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Goin' Back to T-Town

A thriving Black community in Tulsa, rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.

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Goin' Back to T-Town

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American Experience

Freedom Summer

Shattering the foundations of white supremacy over 10 memorable weeks in 1964.

Freedom Summer

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American Experience

Freedom Riders

The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.

Freedom Riders

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American Experience

The American Diplomat (español)

Tres diplomáticos negros que rompieron las barreras raciales en el Dpto. de Estado.

The American Diplomat (español)