AMERICAN STORIES: Race Amity and the Other Tradition

NOLA Code:
AMTY 0100H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
5 / 30
Rights End:
8/29/2023
Producer
WHS Media Productions LLC
TV-G
CC
sIX
Stereo
Year Produced:
2021
Version:
Base
A historical look at cross-racial and cross-cultural relationships in American history that impacted America's development. The film presents a series of short stories from the arrival of the first slaves on America's shores to relationships that impacted advances in social justice.

#101 Two Stories - The Preacher and The Rabbi explores the relationship and moral/spiritual partnership of two men that inspired their own cultural and racial communities and others to advocacy for access, equity, and social justice in America; Angelina and Two Sarahs presents the Grimke sisters, Angelina and Sarah who were perhaps the most impactful women the Abolitionist Movement and their collaborating with Black Abolitionist Sarah Forten.

#102 The General and The Quaker: Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett centers on the profound and loving friendship between Harriett Tubman, the General of The Underground Railroad, and her little known and closest collaborator, a Quaker merchant named Thomas Garrett. They assisted over two thousand souls being emancipated from the brutality of slavery.

#103 Two Stories - The Low Country Teacher and The Liberal Hillbilly: Septima Clark and Myles Horton - An African American South Carolina school teacher, Septima Clark, teams with Myles Horton, a radical white organizer from the hills of Tennessee to develop the Citizenship Schools model which powered the Civil Rights Movement; My Sister’s Keeper shares the story of Viola Liuzzo, the first white woman martyr of the Civil Rights Movement and the loving cross racial friendship with Sara Evans who introduced her to the work on the NAACP in Detroit and help raise Viola’s children after she was murdered.

#104 Two Stories - Godmothers of Race Amity: Mary Mcleod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt
This friendship is a textbook example of the power of race amity. From being initial advocates for the establishment of a training program for African American pilots at Tuskegee to the establishment of the “Black Cabinet” in Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration, these two women collaborated on programs for change in America;
Commentary/Reflections from Thought Leaders is given by Cornel West, Ph.D., Dolores Huerta, Johnetta Cole, Ph.D. and Howard Ross

#105 Two Stories - Amity and Brotherhood for Education: Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald shares one of the most impactful actions effecting the education of African Americans in the United States. The private project built over five thousand schools. It was carried out through the collaboration of two men, one black and one white. They had a deep friendship which extended to their personal association which is rarely found today in progressive circles.; Thomson and Teedyuscung – Towards E Pluribus Unum. This story presents the friendship between Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the first Continental Congress and the chief of the Delaware Nation, Teedyuscung. This remarkable relationship provided the pathway for the establishment of United States of America.

LONG DESCRIPTIONS

American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition Part I

Story 1
The Preacher and The Rabbi: Rev. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Producer/Writer -William H. “Smitty” Smith, Ed.D.

The central story of Part I of the series discusses the relationship and moral/spiritual partnership of two men that inspired their own cultural and racial communities and others to advocacy for access, equity, and social justice in America. The remarkable serendipity of their backgrounds and meeting one another, which impacted the nation, is seen by many as providential. The moral certitude presented in The Preacher and The Rabbi offer a powerful, meaningful road sign as America travels a divided highway regarding issues of race.

Story 2
Angelina and Two Sarahs
Producer/Writer - Betsy Newman

The story presents the Grimke sisters, Angelina and Sarah who were perhaps the most impactful women the Abolitionist Movement. The remarkable fact that they rejected the racist slave holder society of South Carolina and their wealthy upbringing is inspirational with regard to the intentionality of their efforts. This included seeking out and collaborating with Black Abolitionist Sarah Forten and challenging their white peers who were less dedicated to the true principle of equality and acceptance across racial and class lines.


American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition Part II

The General and The Quaker: Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett
Producer/Writer -William H. “Smitty” Smith

This half hour in the series centers on the profound and loving friendship between Harriett Tubman, the General of The Underground Railroad, and her little known and closest collaborator, A Quaker merchant named Thomas Garrett. The two teamed in a dangerous and daring collaboration to emancipate slaves via the Underground Railroad. Tubman’s extraordinary bravery, wisdom, and loving friendship merged with Garrett’s selfless nature and loving regard for humankind that assisted over two thousand souls being emancipated from the brutality of slavery.

American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition Part III

The Low Country Teacher and The Liberal Hillbilly: Septima Clark and Myles Horton (Story 1)
My Sister’s Keeper (Story 2)
Producers/Writers – Craig Rothman and Judith McCray

Story 1 - The Low Country Teacher and The Liberal Hillbilly: Septima Clark and Myles Horton - During the civil rights era, citizenship schools were an integral part of the effort to educate African Americans about their rights as United States citizens so that they could vigorously assert these rights in the fight against segregation. Citizenship schools were the brainchild of an African American South Carolina school teacher, Septima Clark. Her work attracted the interest of Myles Horton, a radical thinking white organizer from the hills of Tennessee. He had founded a training center, The Highlander Institute, as a resource for people engaging non-violent change in society. Clark and Horton teamed to provide an efficient and very productive training program that served as the hub for civil rights leaders who left their and trained local people in the strategies for making change. Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others attended and learned there. Along with the tactic of non-violent protest, citizenship schools were the single most effective tool powering the Civil Rights Movement.

Story 2- Viola Liuzzo was the first white woman martyr of the Civil Rights Movement. Her commitment to equity and justice, including being victim of a brutal slaying leaving four young children motherless, was seated in a loving cross racial friendship with Sara Evans who introduced her to the work on the NAACP in Detroit. This led to Viola’s going to Alabama to offer support for the Civil Right organizers there where she was shot to death. Her dearest friend, Sarah Evans, raised her motherless children as recounted by Viola’s oldest daughter Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe.

American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition Part IV

Story 1
Godmothers of Race Amity: Mary Mcleod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt
Producer – Jafar Fahilli and William H. “Smitty” Smith
Writer – Kari Carlson

The friendship of Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt is a textbook example of the power that amity holds as the moral counterweight to the racist traditions in America. Race Amity, “the Other Tradition”, as exemplified by these two remarkable women, resulted in extraordinary actions to advance access, equity and social justice in America. These women exemplify, literally and figuratively, the face of race amity and that women are the primary nurturers of human development. From being initial advocates for the establishment of a training program for African American pilots inTuskegee, Alabama during World War II to the establishment of the “Black Cabinet” in Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration, these two women collaborated framing pathways for long term change in America.


Commentary/Reflections from Thought Leaders
Producers – Craig Rothman and William H.”Smitty” Smith, Ed.D.
Several national thought leaders offer brief commentary on the power of race amity to influence equity, access, and social justice. Commentary is given by Cornel West, Ph.D., Philosopher/Activist; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder United Farm Workers; Johnetta Cole, Ph.D., CEO National Council of Negro Women; Howard Ross, Author, Everyday Bias: Ramya Naraharisetti, Student; Debbie Irving, Author, Waking Up White; Richard Thomas, Ph.D., Historian; and Beverly Morgan Welch, Associate Director External Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.

American Stories: Race Amity and The Other Tradition Part V

Story 1
Amity and Brotherhood for Education: Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald
Producer/Writer – Nwandi Lawson
Outside of the Brown V Board of Education of Topeka, one of the most impactful actions effecting the education of African Americans in the United States was a private project which built over five thousand schools, most in the south during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This incredible enterprise served as the backbone for black literacy in the American South was carried out through the collaboration of two men, one black and one white. One, a member of the white financial elite in America and one an innovative and controversial black educational leader shared an incredible vision and unwavering tenacity in pursuit of that vision. They had a deep friendship which extended to their personal association which is rarely found today in 21st century progressive circles.

Story 2
Thomson and Teedyuscung – Towards E Pluribus Unum
Producer/Writer – William H. Smith, Ed.D.
This story tells of the friendship between one of America’s founding fathers, Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress and the chief of the Delaware Nation Teedyuscung. Their friendship was seated in trust and respect and was a pivotal element in the United States being developed under British influence as it charted it path to independence. This remarkable relationship provided the pathway to the soon to be established nation, the United States of America.


Program Rights

Broadcast Rights:
3RL/2YRS
Rights Dates:
8/30/2021 - 8/29/2023
School Rights:
Cocurrent
V.O.D. Rights:
No
Linear Live Streaming:
No
Non-Commercial Cable Rights:
Yes