Segments in this Video

Birth of a Mass Movement (02:15)


Black Lives Matter attempts to turn a social movement into a political force. One third of black men go to jail. (Credits)

Urban Upheaval and Opportunity (02:35)

Baltimore lost over 100,000 jobs in the past sixty years. Devin Allen photographs residents. Locals describe how they feel about the city.

Born in West Baltimore (02:13)

More than 20 of Allen's friends perished due to drug violence or gang shootings. Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries after being arrested. Allen photographed the subsequent riots and protests.

Police Brutality (02:16)

J. C. Faulk describes how some neighborhoods in Baltimore have been boarded up since the riots in 1968. African Americans are still fighting to be free.

Trayvon Martin (02:14)

When George Zimmerman was acquitted, the #BlackLivesMatter movement began. Riots erupted when Michael Brown was unarmed and shot by police. African Americans are twice as likely to be shot by the police.

Police Brutality (02:02)

Black Lives Matter uses social media to inform the public and exert political pressure. Marilyn Mosby indicted the six officers present during the death of Freddie Gray. Faulk describes how it gave hope for change to African Americans.

Indictment Rocked Police Force (01:59)

"Joe," an anonymous source working as an officer, describes how police are considered the scapegoats of the government, but admits some officers are bullies.

Unjust System (02:08)

Dr. Melina Abdullah explains the police system needs to be transformed. The Baltimore force agreed to pay Freddie Gray's family 6.4 million dollars. Tawanda Jones seeks justice for her brother's death.

A Father and Grandfather (02:56)

On July 18, 2013 Tyrone West was pulled over for acting suspiciously. Jones describes the incident. West was tasered, pepper sprayed and beaten; he died in handcuffs.

Justice in America? (02:55)

Faulk describes how African Americans feel uncomfortable in the United States. Michael Wood, a former Baltimore police officer, came forward after the death of Freddie Gray. He wonders why the police force is unwilling to modify its behavior.

Disadvantage Baltimore Neighborhood (02:08)

In Sandtown-Winchester individuals have a higher chance of going to jail than attending college. Over 450 people are currently incarcerated at a cost of 17 million dollars.

Role of Police in Baltimore (02:10)

Wood describes that his job was to send African American's to jail. Sandtown-Winchester residents explain how the "Ghetto Bird" (helicopter) circles overhead all day to monitor and watch them.

America Throws Black People Away (02:34)

Abdullah describes how difficult it is to be black mother. 2.2 million people are incarcerated costing taxpayers 80 billion dollars each year. Cory Booker explains why he wants to reduce prison sentences and rid former convicts of collateral consequences.

Race, Inequality, and Violence (02:57)

Most of the African Americans in Chicago reside in the south side. A victim dies from gun violence every three hours in the area.

Nortasha Stingley Remembers Her Daughter (02:39)

In June 2013 a gunman opened fire on a car Marissa Boyd-Stingley was traveling in. She was killed and the other passengers wounded. The shooter received two years and 21 days in prison.

Stingley's Neighbor Shot (02:06)

An unknown gunman killed Tyjuan Poindexter, 14, in a random drive by shooting. Crisis responder Michael Simmons explains that he has called upon eight shooting victims' families today alone. Stingley's son is only allowed to walk on his street.

Don't Come to Chicago (02:53)

Stingley describes the epidemic of gun violence within the community. Booker explains that regardless of race, all children are our responsibility. Mourners gather at the site of Tyjuan Poindexter's shooting.

Solving Scores on the Court (03:42)

Father Michael Pfleger runs a community outreach program where former gang members play basketball. Over the past weekend, three people were killed and 30 wounded from gun violence. He thinks Black Lives Matter is an excellent organization because it gives African Americans in the community hope.

50 Shootings in One Weekend (02:02)

One of the members of Pfleger's basketball team is shot and killed in Chicago. Stingley explains that she does not only put the fear of God into her son, but also the "fear of me." African Americans are 14 times more likely to die from a homicide.

Sense of Hope (02:35)

Booker describes how Black Lives Matters aims to point out that black citizens are equally deserving of justice. Dr. Timuel Black came to Chicago from Alabama in 1919. The African American population was hopeful and optimistic during the first part of century in the south side.

Need to Keep Kids Engaged (02:31)

Black notes that he lost more students to gun violence on the streets of Woodlawn in the sixties than he did in the Vietnam War. Stingley describes how awful it is to close schools and resources, but and yet build a new prison to house them. A resident discusses how he can walk down the street and purchase a gun from a 13 year old.

American Dream and Income Discrepancy (04:52)

Abdullah explains how African Americans were told for decades to try to incorporate into society, but it has not worked. Faulk is not proud to be an American.

Credits: #BlackLivesMatter (00:32)

Credits: #BlackLivesMatter

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Reporter Sally Sara takes to the streets of Baltimore and Chicago to investigate a reawakened civil rights movement that’s fighting to stop the killing of black Americans.

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: EDP117844

ISBN: 978-1-63521-281-5

Copyright date: ©2015

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