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Understanding Civic Unrest in Baltimore: From the '68 Riots to the Uprising of 2015 and Present Day

Unrest is part of United States history. The goal of this resource is to help folks investigate the history of it, with a particular focus on Baltimore City,

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Streaming Video

Below are links to films related to race, Civil Rights, social issues, and more available online. We would also recommend checking the Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) catalog for films you can access online for free. All Maryland residents (or property owners) are eligible for a library card from the EPFL. This includes students who attend school in Maryland. We highly suggest not only utilizing Decker Library's resources, but also EPFL's as they have an incredible amount of databases, audiovisual materials, books, and more. You can request an eCard, giving you access to resources like their databases, eBooks, streaming films, more, or apply for a physical library card

Streaming Films (Not Available Through Decker Library)

Just Mercy
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. 
About this film: A powerful and thoughtprovoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, available on Netflix

When They See Us (Limited Series)
Directed by Ava DuVernay, available on Netflix


A Class Divided (Full Film) - FRONTLINE, 1985

Available Now on YouTube and Vimeo

Peace in the Absence of War 
Directed & Edited by Theo Anthony

PEACE IN THE ABSENCE OF WAR (Baltimore 4/27/15 - 5/2/15) from Theo Anthony on Vimeo.
Baltimore 4/27/15 - 5/2/15

On April 27th, 2015, following more than a week of protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held a free concert in downtown Baltimore. Footage is culled from that concert, along with various demonstrations on that same day. All nights shots taken while following the route of Freddie Gray's arrest after curfew. On May 9th, 2015, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held another free concert, this time in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Freddie Gray's arrest.

Titles listed below were retrieved from The Huffington Post 7 Documentaries You Can Stream Right Now To Better Understand What's Going On In Ferguson (August 20, 2014).

Crisis of Distrust: Police and Community in Toronto by Policing and Literacy Initiative.

No Justice No Peace: California's Battle Against Police Brutality & Racist Violence by Liberation News.

Copwatch: These Streets Are Watching by Jacob Crawford, Director.

Exposing The Modern Racist Paradigm, Pt. 1

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