There comes a point in time when living with one’s eyes and mind shut to social realties is no longer a viable option. African Americans are - and have long been - as integral a part of American society as whites are. Though we are probably still decades from a full understanding of this, we have plenty of documentary evidence. On reviewing this DVD (American Cultural History - African American DVD) I was struck by the compassionate and intelligent approach taken in its compilation. I detect the input of psychologists, sociologists and historians in the process of material selection and must state that the impact is quite dramatic. The fact that these are films from a bygone age (1930-’71) in no way detracts from their relevance, because I know beyond doubt that the issues they raise have timeless application. The concluding film entitled Teddy is practically a contemporary examination of the African American mindset - watching it is both a disturbing and enriching experience. I recommend this admirable collection to all Americans who have, at one time or the other, suspected that we are missing a major point in our national existence by ignoring or being patronizing towards the African American part of our society.
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