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It features the work of several black filmmakers who themselves moved North in the early twentieth century, and who made the transition their subject. Oscar Micheaux, who directed his first feature in 1918, wasn't the first black American filmmaker-the great comedian Bert Williams directed his own comedies several years earlier-but he may well have been the first director of reflexive autofiction, as seen in "The Symbol of the Unconquered," from 1920 . Comment?
Half a century ago, on March 7, 1965, state troopers knocked down, gassed, and beat a number of men and women who were participating in a peaceful march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. That same day, radio listeners around the country might have heard Sam Cooke singing a lyric he'd written and recorded several months earlier, but which could have been describing the "Bloody Sunday" confrontation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Comment?
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