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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

by Loren Mendell

The unlikely story of America's original shock-jock — Petey Greene — who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in the nation's capital.

Independent Lens

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

by Pratibha Parmar

Writer and human-rights activist Alice Walker’s story is an inspiring personal journey of a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice – ideals that sprang from a background of poverty and violent racism.

American Masters, Women and Girls Lead

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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

by Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing

One day at a Woolworth lunch counter, four young men changed the course of history.

Independent Lens

Maya Angelou: The People's Poet

by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

The full story of the eloquent poet, writer, and performer Maya Angelou, from the depths of her hardscrabble roots in the Depression-era South to her finding international fame as one of our greatest living authors and social commentators.

American Masters

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

by Frank Christopher, Charles Burnett, and Kenneth Greenberg

The historical search for the mysterious Nat Turner, leader of the legendary 1831 slave rebellion, has inspired academics, novelists, dramatists, and others in a fierce battle over who he was and what he means to America.

Independent Lens

Our Heritage Is at Stake: On the Campaign Trail with David Duke

by Stephen Tyler

Candidate and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, whose philosophies are embraced by some on the Republican Right, takes to the campaign trail for an unsuccessful 1996 U.S. Senate bid.


by María Agui Carter

Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives.

Women and Girls Lead, Voces

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The Reconstruction of Asa Carter

by Douglas Newman and Marco Ricci

A journey through the life of Forrest Carter, author of The Education of Little Tree, a memoir about his life as a Cherokee orphan, who was later revealed to be a white supremacist.

The Rural Studio

by Charles Schultz

At the Rural Studio, founder and Auburn University Professor Samuel Mockbee and his architecture students leave the abstract world of the university to live and work in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt Region — transforming a community in the process.


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