THE PEOPLE UNITED and BLACK AND BLUE

THE PEOPLE UNITED and BLACK AND BLUE

2 Episodes

In the midst of a historic reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism, two essential documentaries from the mid-1980s offer timely lessons on the power of protest. Alonzo Speight’s THE PEOPLE UNITED is a crucial snapshot of a decisive moment in Boston history when the city’s predominately Black Roxbury neighborhood took unified action against escalating incidents of police brutality. Its galvanizing portrait of organized resistance is echoed in Hugh King and Lamar Williams’s BLACK AND BLUE, which chronicles an impassioned community response to decades of police violence against people of color in Philadelphia through a hard-hitting mix of archival materials, news clips, and documentary footage.

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THE PEOPLE UNITED and BLACK AND BLUE
  • The People United

    Episode 1

    Directed by Alonzo Speight • 1985 • United States

    Boston, 1978: it was an intense period of racial conflict over school busing and escalating incidents of police brutality in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Roxbury. In the wake of growing racial tension and violence, twelve Black women w...

  • Black and Blue

    Episode 2

    Directed by Hugh King and Lamar Williams • 1987 • United States

    A powerful mix of archival materials, news clips, and documentary footage chronicles the impassioned community response to decades of violence against people of color by members of the Philadelphia police force. Community leaders, p...