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Visualizing Emancipation Resources


Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division

Radio Broadcasts

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Originally recorded in 1956 at WMAQ Radio, Chicago, as part of the program, “I Remember When.”
Summary: Host Etta Moten Barnett talks about the 93rd Anniversary of the Emancipation 
Proclamation and also the 50th Anniversary of Lift Every Voice and Sing, by James Weldon Johnson.  
Chicago: WMAQ, July 25, 1948
Summary: A radio dramatization based on the life of Frederick Douglass; script by Richard Durham.  
Chicago: WMAQ, August 1,1948
Summary: A radio dramatization based on the life of Frederick Douglass; script by Richard Durham.

Public Programs on Video

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September 22, 1997 at the Mother A.M.E. Zion Church in Harlem, New York City 
Summary: A 135th Anniversary commemoration of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The program features readings from pertinent historical documents, slave petitions and editorials, along with choral and instrumental performances.

Exhibition Opening and Member Preview of the Emancipation Proclamation document and The Struggle for Black Freedom (1 hour)

Emancipation Proclamation Exhibition Forum: A Conversation with Lerone Bennett, Jr. (1 hour, 57 minutes)
Recorded in the Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center, September 24, 2000
Summary: In conjunction with the Schomburg exhibitions, Lest we Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery and The Struggle for Black Freedom and the Emancipation Proclamation,  this book talk and panel discussion was the first public forum related specifically to the Emancipation Proclamation.


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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers
Summary: Using a powerful storytelling style and previously unseen historical material, North Star uncovers the "hidden history" of African Americans who helped shape the North Star state of Minnesota. From fur trader George Bonga to the state's first black woman lawyer, Lena Smith, the documentary provides a whole new perspective on Minnesota's diverse and fascinating past.
(Courtesy of the Daniel Pierce Bergin, Senior Producer & Partnership Manager; Shari Lamke, Sr. Director/Supervising Producer MN Productions & Partnerships, Twin Cities Public Television)
WCBS-TV and Columbia University, Released by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969
Summary: Professor E. A. Toppin discusses the role of Blacks in the Civil War, explaining why they fought for both the Union and Confederate Forces, and analyzes Abraham Lincoln's policies leading to the Emancipation Proclamation.
(Advance Request) 
WCBS-TV and Columbia University, Released by Holt, Rinehart and Winston,1969 
Summary: Benjamin Quarles, Vincent Harding and Sterling Stuckey discuss the notion that most 
abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison were white. They describe the role of the “old" Black abolitionists who preceded them and the "new" abolitionists who are credited with the thrust that brought symbolic emancipation such as harles Remond, Samuel R. Ward, William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglas, and others.
(Advance Request)
History of the Negro in America (3 reels, 25 minutes each).
Niagara Films: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965
Summary: Part 1. 1619-1860: Out of Slavery; Part 2. 1861-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction; Part 3. 1877 to Today, Freedom Movement.
(Call number: Sc Visual MBP-240-242Advance Request)

Online Curriculum Guide

As a companion to the exhibition, a 24-page CURRICULUM GUIDE is now available for teachers, parents, and community educators to download here