Civil Rights Documentaries

From California to Mississippi

Harvey Richards’ documentaries provided support to civil right activists during the 1960’s in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the South. He filmed the historic march down Market Street (Freedom March) in San Francisco in 1963 to support the freedom movement in Birmingham, Alabama after the church bombing that killed four children. He filmed the sit-in protests against racial discrimination in hiring at the Sheraton Palace Hotel, at Mel’s Drive-in Restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco and in the auto dealerships along Van Ness Avenue in downtown San Francisco in 1964.  And when protesters marched against police brutality in the Bay Area, or sat in on the Berkeley campus of the University of California campus in defense of the right to raise funds for civil rights (the Free Speech Movement), Richards was there (Decision in the Streets).

December 1, 1963, Berkeley, California, Jack Weinberg, Sug Grime, Willie Ballard

December 1, 1963, Berkeley, California, Jack Weinberg, Sug Grime, Willie Ballard

In 1963 and again in the spring of 1964, Harvey Richards made trips into rural Mississippi at the invitation of Amzie Moore, a Mississippi civil rights movement leader, to help voter registration activities Amzie Moore and of SNCC  (We’ll Never Turn Back, Freedom Bound, and Dream Deferred). The making of these films is the subject the essay “Primary Source Documentaries: The Making of We’ll Never Turn Back (1963) and Dream Deferred (1964)” by Paul Richards, Ph.D. available on this web site.

Civil Rights films:

Freedom March

1963, 10 min., black/white, DVD San Francisco Freedom March in Support of Civil Rights in Birmingham, Alabama Freedom March focuses on the San Francisco protest march of May 26, 1963, sponsored by Bay Area Black churches and the labor movement in … Continue reading

Freedom Bound

1963, 27 min., black/white, DVD Amzie Moore’s Legacy of Freedom Freedom Bound contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain the right to vote in Mississippi … Continue reading

Dream Deferred, 1964

1964, 34 minutes Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, 1964 Harvey Richards filmed and produced Dream Deferred for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) for its southern civil rights movement voter registration drive in the spring of 1964, just before the famous 1964 Mississippi … Continue reading

Decision in the Streets

1965, 35 min., black/white, DVD 1960’s Bay Area Protest Movement in the Streets Decision in the Streets shows the tumultuous beginnings of the Bay Area civil rights and peace protest movement from 1960 to 1965. Street demonstrations in the Bay … Continue reading

We’ll Never Turn Back, 1963

1963, 31 min., black/white, DVD Share Croppers and Voter Registration Activists Tell Their Stories. We’ll Never Turn Back contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain … Continue reading