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Vel Phillips Marching With NAACP at Rally

Explore an evolving collection of streaming media from PBS and PBS Wisconsin that tells the stories of diverse Black communities and the persistence of anti-Black racism — from its most granular, interpersonal manifestations to its systemic expression in our communities, economies, institutions, and the rule of law. Selections come from trusted programs like Independent Lens, POV, PBS NewsHour, and local PBS Wisconsin productions. Collectively, they speak to the institution of slavery in the United States from 1619 and through its manifold echoes that fuel widespread inequality and injustice today. These resources also see and celebrate Black lives — our American history and present suffused with Black excellence, resistance, joy, love, and the ongoing project and promise of liberation.

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Why Race Matters

Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory is not a new concept, but it has received renewed attention in recent years due to anti-CRT legislation created across the United States. But what is CRT? Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings breaks down the history of CRT and how it’s used in educational settings.

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PBS Wisconsin Documentaries and Digital Series

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries : Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, a woman of many ``firsts`` in Wisconsin.

Photo illustration of five First Wave performers

PBS WISCONSIN DOCUMENTARIES

Hip-Hop U: The First Wave Scholars

A film exploring the innovative work of students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave – Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives program.

The Light: A split screen of two sets in The Light - a kitchen and a bedroom

PBS WISCONSIN DIGITAL

The Light

Zhalarina Sanders tells an autobiographical story of forbidden love woven through three lyrical music videos fusing hip-hop and the theater arts.

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WATCH EYES ON THE PRIZE (1990) WITH PBS PASSPORT

Eyes on the Prize : Awakenings (1954-1956)

Eyes on the Prize

Awakenings (1954-1956)

Individual acts of courage inspire Black Southerners to fight for their rights.

Eyes on the Prize : Fighting Back (1957–1962)

Eyes on the Prize

Fighting Back (1957–1962)

States’ rights, loyalists, and federal authorities collide over school integration.

Eyes on the Prize : Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)PBS Wisconsin Passport

Eyes on the Prize

Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)

Black college students take a leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Eyes on the Prize : No Easy Walk (1961-1963)PBS Wisconsin Passport

Eyes on the Prize

No Easy Walk (1961-1963)

The Civil Rights Movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations.

Eyes on the Prize : Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964)PBS Wisconsin Passport

Eyes on the Prize

Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964)

Mississippi’s grassroots Civil Rights Movement becomes an American concern.

Eyes on the Prize : Bridge to Freedom (1965)

Eyes on the Prize

Bridge to Freedom (1965)

A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery,