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Eyes on the Prize on PBS Starts April 6 You Can Win $69.99 DVD

eyes on the prizeTo celebrate the Civil Rights Movement, PBS has scheduled to broadcast the landmark documentary "Eyes on the Prize" the first three Thursdays in April and release the six-hour documentary on DVD Tuesday, April 6. The debut DVD’s suggested retail price is $69.99. Snippets is giving away one DVD.

Disc 1Awakenings (1954-1956) Rare reflections open the door to understanding America's struggle for equality. Curtis Jones (Emmett Till's cousin), Coretta Scott King, and other key witnesses describe the extraordinary role ordinary people played in shaping the civil rights movement. Features in this episode: Mose Wright stands up to racial injustice. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. spark a boycott to desegregate city buses. King and other ministers form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to expand the movement for civil and human rights.

Fighting Back (1957-1962) Unforgettable images of the battle lines drawn in the South come to life through the eyes of those who were on the frontlines-Ernest Green who helped integrate Little Rock's Central High School, University of Mississippi registrar Robert Ellis, and U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell. See states' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the struggle to integrate Central High School and James Meredith and NAACP lawyers face mob violence integrating the University of Mississippi.

Disc 2Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) Young people unite to overcome racial segregation. Exclusive interviews with student activists, community leaders, and government officials reveal the remarkable human drama behind the lunch counter sit-ins, nationwide boycotts, and formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Black and White freedom riders, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), travel together at great risk to protest bus segregation and challenge the government to protect them from mobs. And strong Black support aids in President Kennedy's election.

No Easy Walk (1961-1963) Discover the power of mass demonstrations with the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. as the most visible leader of the civil rights movement. Recollections of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) members help chronicle the anti-segregation campaign in Albany, the violent reaction to the Children's March in Birmingham, AL, the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., and President Kennedy's proposal of the Civil Rights Act.

Disc 3Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964) Mississippi becomes a testing ground of constitutional principles as activists focus on the right to vote. Key participants recount
the state's resistance to the movement and the equally strong determination of Black and White organizers to bring Blacks into the political process. NAACP leader Medgar Evers is assassinated and three civil rights workers are murdered, while amidst this horror, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed.

Bridge to Freedom (1965) Eyewitness accounts by the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Stokley Carmichael, and George Wallace illuminate the events of 1965, focusing on a decade of lessons learned and the role of television in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize and TV images of troopers gassing demonstrators on a Selma bridge fill living rooms. Twenty-five thousand people march from Selma to Montgomery, helping to ensure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Call 800-PLAY-PBS or click here to order a copy.

port of harlem magazineThe first reader who can answer the following question correctly will win the historic Eyes on the Prize DVD (valued at $69.99).

What is the name of the person that Port of Harlem contributor Philip J. Merrill featured in the current issue’ s "Praising the Past department?Click here to enter drawing.


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

New Print Issue Coming May 1, 2010

As we count down toward our 15th anniversary in November 2010, Port Of Harlem magazine releases our next print issue Saturday, May 1. The April release will be our fourth Build/Renovate Your Own Castle issue that we release every other year. Build / Renovate IV, the event, takes place Saturday, June 19 at Honfleur Gallery in the emerging Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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Feeling the Hate for Obama in Jerusalem - Video

As released in an earlier Snippets and still garnering many hits on PortOfHarlem.Net, Max Blumenthal’s "Feeling the Hate for Obama" in Jerusalem can be shocking to many Americans. Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and blogger whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, "Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party," is in stores now.

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Recovery Act Hypocrites

The Democratic Party is reporting that that there are at least 118 senators and representatives that voted against the controversial Recovery Act and spent the last year attacking it, but have praised its results in letters requesting funds from potential donors and press releases touting Recovery Act projects in their particular districts.

Census 2010 Census Update

census formBy now you have received your 2010 Census form in the mail, and hopefully you have participated in this once-a-decade civic ceremony by filling out and mailing back your census questionnaire.

It costs taxpayers just $0.42 per household if the form is mailed back, but it costs $57 per household to follow up with people who do not respond by mail. That means that for every 1-percent increase in the number of households that mail the form back, taxpayers save about $85 million.

Port of Harlem encourages you to fill out the Census as we have encouraged you to participate in making sure that members in your household are registered to vote and spend their money with those who support the advancement of our community.

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If invited to a same sex marriage ceremony, 58% of Snippets readers would attend; 42% would not attend. As an indication of the issue’s level of controversy, our latest poll garnered the best participation rate.

“I have been to a few Holy Unions and they all were very beautiful, sacred and loving,” says one reader in the majority. A few readers said no, but seem to question their decision. One such reader wrote, “I have been pondering the question. I do not agree with same sex marriages, but I do know people I like that are gay and have been involved in long term relationships. I really do not know if I would attend.” However, some readers were more dead set against attending such a ceremony. One such reader simply wrote, “Not appropriate for my values.”

This week’s question:

To what degree, if any, do you think President Obama’s White opponents are angry because they are afraid of losing their white privileges?

Click here to voice your thoughts

tyrone colbert ivy alstonMany of our readers have enjoyed Tyrone Colbert’s insightful contributions from behind bars in “The Other Side” published in our print issue. Many have written him and donated books to the prison literacy program. He is now seeking donations to challenge his life plus 20 year sentence.

If you are interested in making a donation, you may send a check or money order to:

Port Of Harlem
3215 W Street, SE
Washington, DC 20020-3364

In the note line add: for Tyrone Colbert.

Photo: Colbert with girlfriend Ivy Alston, whom he me meet via Port Of Harlem.  Read how they met in the November 2009 - April 2010 print issue. 

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