Catch three landmark documentaries by groundbreaking filmmaker Madeline Anderson in new digital editions created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Anderson was the first black woman to join the film editor’s union as well as the first to produce and direct a syndicated TV show and a documentary for television. One of the finest works of documentary journalism about civil rights and labor struggles, her I Am Somebody (1970) shows the efforts of black female hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina, as they strike to gain union recognition and wage increases. Their inspiring confrontations with state government and the National Guard brought national attention just as Coretta Scott King joined the march. Integration Report 1 (1960) examines the struggle for black equality in Alabama, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, incorporating protest songs by poet Maya Angelou and a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. A Tribute to Malcolm X (1967) includes an interview with Malcolm X’s widow Betty Shabazz filmed shortly after his 1965 assassination. (65 mins., DCP)