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WGBH American Experience . Freedom Riders . Watch

WGBH American Experience . Freedom Riders . Watch
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Owned & Operated - A film about Humanity and the World we've built for Ourselves A new, Zeitgeist-inspired documentary, titled 'Owned & Operated'. The film takes a look at the world as it is, and the path we are currently headed down, as well as the world-wide awakening that's begun to take place. The film ends on a cautiously optimistic view of the future, and attempts to show us that the human race is not just a wasted experiment. “35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don't know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. The film attempts to present these events using the video, audio and written content uploaded to the internet by the collective human consciousness comprised of every individual participant. This is a not-for-profit project, but we're attempting to use the film as a springboard to bring together other activist minded creative professionals and build a community online that fosters the development of resources needed for individuals to create higher quality awareness minded media projects in the future.

Get Up, Stand Up . Revolutionary Music . We Shall Overcome By Ed Ward You'd think, because different political movements have different specific goals and details, that a universal song of struggle would be impossible, and, for the most part, you'd be right. But nothing comes closer than "We Shall Overcome." Today, most people think it's a traditional Negro spiritual, but that isn't the case. Spirituals evolved out of the slave experiences of African Americans and often focus on liberation and deliverance, with the lyrics usually in coded form, because you wouldn't want the wrong person to hear you singing them. "We Shall Overcome," as it's sung today, is derived from a hymn, "I'll Overcome Some Day," by Charles Albert Tindley, born around 1851 to slave parents in Maryland. "I'll Overcome Some Day" was initially published in 1901, in the first collection of original African-American sacred music, and quickly adopted, as were Tindley's other hymns, by black congregations across the United States.

Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (pronounced [ˈmoːɦənd̪aːs ˈkərəmtʃənd̪ ˈɡaːnd̪ʱi] ( ); 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable"[2])—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,[3]—is now used worldwide. Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. Gandhi is commonly, though not officially,[10] considered the Father of the Nation[11] in India. Early life and background Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in his earliest known photo, aged 7, c. 1876 The Indian classics, especially the stories of Shravana and king Harishchandra, had a great impact on Gandhi in his childhood. English barrister

Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, locally: [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).[1] A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. Early life and education Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona, in a Mexican-American family of six children.[3] He was the son of Juana Estrada and Librado Chávez. Activism Worker's rights Immigration

Dolores Huerta Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and women's rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights[1] and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As a role model to many in the Latino community, Huerta is the subject of many corridos (ballads) and murals. Early life[edit] Born on April 10, 1930, in the mining town of Dawson, New Mexico, Huerta was the daughter of Juan Fernandez—a miner, field/farm worker, union activist, and state assemblyman—and Alicia Chavez. I couldn't tolerate seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. Career as an activist[edit] In September 1988, in front of the St. Honors[edit] Personal life[edit]

Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".[1] Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in the U.S. states of California and Ohio. Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement. At the time, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. Eventually, she moved to Detroit, where she briefly found similar work. Early years "I'd see the bus pass every day...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (the Albany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. Doctoral studies

The Official Malcolm X Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family's eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Regardless of the Little's efforts to elude the Legion, in 1929, their Lansing, Michigan home was burned to the ground. Eventually, Malcolm and his long-time friend, Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis, moved back to Boston. Recalling his days in school, he used the time to further his education. Intrigued, Malcolm began to study the teachings of NOI leader Elijah Muhammad. Intelligent and articulate, Malcolm was appointed as a minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. The crowds and controversy surrounding Malcolm made him a media magnet. Since joining the NOI, Malcolm had strictly adhered to the teachings of Muhammad, which included remaining celibate until his marriage to Betty Shabazz in 1958.

Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth (/soʊˈdʒɜrnər ˈtruːθ/; c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Sojourner Truth was named Isabella ("Bell") Baumfree when she was born. She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?" Early years[edit] House of Col. When Charles Hardenbergh died in 1806, nine-year-old Truth (known as Belle), was sold at an auction with a flock of sheep for $100 to John Neely, near Kingston, New York. Around 1815, Truth met and fell in love with a slave named Robert from a neighboring farm. Freedom[edit] Late in 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter, Sophia. "The Spirit Calls Me"[edit] "Ain't I a Woman?"

MESSAGE FROM CORBIN HARNEY My people, the Western Shoshone, have been affected by nuclear weapons testing and waste dumping since 1951 when they opened the Nevada Test Site within the boundaries of my country Newe Segobia. I have seen what has happened to my people with increased leukemia and cancer rates throughout my country. I have seen how this nuclear contamination has affected the water that we drink and the air that we breathe. It has effected the plant life, the animal life and the bird life. I have seen this through out the world as I travel. The people that made this mess just want to sweep it under the rug and pretend that it is not there. We have to make the U.S. governments and corporations realize that they can not produce any more nuclear waste or nuclear weapons. Many of you heard about the work that the Shundahai Network and Healing Global Wounds are doing to prepare for our spring gathering at the Nevada Test Site this year. Our actions will always be based on nonviolence and prayer.