From PBS: "Rise!" examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Bertelsen

Writers:

Henry Louis Gates, Paul Taylor (additional writing)

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Henry Louis Gates ... Himself, host and narrator
Damon Keith Damon Keith ... Himself, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
David Levering Lewis David Levering Lewis ... Himself, historian
Christopher S. Parker Christopher S. Parker ... Himself, author of 'Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South'
Michael Bertrand Michael Bertrand ... Himself, historian
Ford Nelson Ford Nelson ... Himself, radio host, WDIA
Martin Duberman Martin Duberman ... Himself, historian
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Vernon E. Jordan Jr. ... Himself, lawyer and civil rights activist
Ruby Bridges Ruby Bridges ... Herself
David C. Forbes Sr. David C. Forbes Sr. ... Himself, civil rights activist
Charlayne Hunter-Gault ... Herself
Eleanor Holmes Norton ... Herself
John Lewis ... Himself
Peniel E. Joseph Peniel E. Joseph ... Himself, historian
Grace Lee Boggs Grace Lee Boggs ... Herself, author
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From PBS: "Rise!" examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence. But mass media - from print to radio and TV - broadcast that injustice, planting seeds of resistance. The success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, heralding the dawn of a movement of resistance, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its public face. Before long, masses of African Americans practiced this nonviolent approach to integrate public schools, lunch counters and more. Nonviolence, however, was often met with violence. In 1968, Dr. King was assassinated, unleashing a new call for "Black Power" across the country.

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Documentary

Certificate:

TV-PG
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17 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Ark Media See more »
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