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Barnett, Rex

Overview
Works: 83 works in 207 publications in 1 language and 4,824 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Internet videos  Biographical films  History  Nonfiction films  Short films  Biographies 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author of screenplay, Editor, Author
Classifications: PN1997, E
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Most widely held works about Rex Barnett
 
Most widely held works by Rex Barnett
Paul Robeson( Visual )

8 editions published between 1955 and 2006 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Paul Robeson, African-American actor and singer
Ida B. Wells : crusader for human rights( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ida B. Wells walked the long road from slavery to freedom and equality. Born 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to parents who were former slaves, she rose to challenge and strongly condemned American lynching in the South. Her work as teacher, journalist and human rights activist brought worldwide attention to this brutality. She was a community organizer and grass roots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement. Her inspiring story takes us from Memphis, to Chicago, Washington D.C. and England. From penning editorials and publishing the first expose on the horrors of lynching, The Red Record, to touring America and Europe as a speaker and protestor, Ida B. Wells was a true crusader in the fight to preserve human rights. Her relentless public battle against the injustices of lynching won her more enemies than friends in her time, but she is remembered today as a strong woman, tireless crusader and a true American hero
Richard Wright : native son, author and activist( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wright was an African-American author of novels, short stories and non-fiction that dealt with powerful themes and controversial topics. Much of his works concerned racial themes that helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century. Born on a plantation in Mississippi, Wright was a descendent of the first slaves who arrived in Jamestown Massachusetts. This program follows his arduous path from sharecropper to literary giant. Through authors like H.L. Menken, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, he discovered that literature could be used as a catalyst for social change. In 1937 Wright moved to New York and his work began to garner national attention for its political and social commentary. Much of Wright's writing focused on the African American community and experience; his novel Native Son won him a Guggenheim Fellowship and was adapted to the Broadway stage with Orson Welles directing in 1941. In 1946, Wright was fed up with America's treatment of its black citizens and became an expatriate in Paris, France where he joined a circle that included famous Existentialists Jean-Paul Sarte and Albert Camus. Though he quit his formal education at only 15 years old, Richard Wright was a major influence on world literature & politics, and brought the black experience to the forefront of social discourse
Shirley Chisholm : first African American congresswoman( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shirley Chisholm, born 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., is the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first to campaign for the Presidency. She was an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during the seven terms she served in the House. Her legacy of political and social activism laid the foundation for the rise of women and Blacks in American politics. 'Of my two 'handicaps' being female put more obstacles in my path than being black.' This program is a celebration of her life and a political diary from the 1960s through the 1970s during an era of political transition and social change. The range of Chisholm's activism is explored in depth through her involvement in civil rights, women's rights, and the anti-Vietnam War efforts. We witness the excitement firsthand of Chisholm announcing her candidacy for President with the Democratic Party in 1972, declaring she is not a representative solely of the black or female communities, but 'a candidate of the people'. Though she did not win the nomination that year, she remained active in politics and served the House of Representatives until her retirement in 1982. In this inspiring program, Shirley Chisholm emerges as a charismatic leader and social reformer that achieved positive change in American politics and society for future generations
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams : first Black heart surgeon in America( Visual )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Hale Williams was an African American cardiologist that performed the first successful open heart surgery. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non segregated hospital in the U.S. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary man of incredible talent and merit and his exceptional accomplishments are documented with great care in this inspiring program. Born to freed people of color in 1856, he attended medical school at what is now Northwestern University in Chicago to become a practicing surgeon. His observations that American Blacks were treated as second class citizens within the medical community, both professionally and as patients, motivated him to establish and run the first hospital for Blacks in the United States; Provident Hospital. Williams set up the first nursing school for Blacks and performed one of the first open heart surgeries in the world. His encounters with institutionalized racism gave him the courage and determination to create more hospitals and educational programs like the one he had at Provident. In 1885 he cofounded the National Medical Association for Black Doctors and openly encouraged African Americans to support hospitals that would offer first rate care to African Americans. In 1913, he became a charter member and only African American in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams notable achievements as a Cardiac Surgeon helped to revolutionize the field of medicine and humanize its practices
Ralph Ellison : invisible man, celebrated writer( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Ellison was an African-American writer and essayist, whose only novel Invisible Man (1953) gained a wide critical success. Ellison's ambitious journey from a childhood of hardship and poverty to celebrated African American writer is chronicled in this inspiring program through exclusive interviews and personal recollection. Invisible Man (1952) addresses issues pertinent to Black society and identity in the 1950s by using the protagonists desire and determination to be visible as a metaphor for the entire African American community's struggle to be recognized in a world of prejudice and hostility. He remarked that 'Literature is Colorblind', using racial issues as a means to express the universal dilemmas of identity and self-discovery. Despite the social and political boundaries in place during the 1950s for a black man with no formal education, Ellison has been compared to such writers as Melville and Hawthorne. Talented in many fields, Ellison also was an accomplished jazz trumpeter and a free-lance photographer. Ellison lectured widely at various American colleges and universities, including Columbia, Yale, Chicago, and New York University. Among Ellisons several awards are the Medal of Freedom (1969), Chevalier de lOrdre des Artes et Lettres (1970) and 1985 National Medal of Arts
Paul Robeson : 20th Century Renaissance Man, Entertainer & Activist( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Robeson was a celebrated African-American Actor, Athlete, Singer, Writer, and Civil Rights Activist. Robeson's many achievements are chronicled in this program, ranging from playing with the NFL to graduating from Columbia Law School, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films to founding the American Crusade against Lynching as well as Council on African Affairs. Robeson was one of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. His association with Leftist Politics during the era of the Cold War, and frequent denouncing of American political parties led to his eventual blacklisting with other prominent writers and artists during the McCarthy Era. His talents in all areas are remarkable, and his dedication to attaining a peaceful coexistence between all the people of the world is truly admirable
Mary Mcleod Bethune : champion for education( Visual )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Mcleod Bethune (1875-1955) was born the 15th of 17 children to former slaves in South Carolina. This inspiring program follows her illustrious path from the cotton fields of the South to renowned African American educator, leader of women, distinguished adviser to several American presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and champion of racial equality. Her many achievements are a testament to the power of education and its importance in the African American community. Mary McLeod Bethune understood the importance of education for all people. In an era when most African American children received little or no education, she established a school for African American girls. In 1904, she rented a two-story frame building in Daytona Beach, Fla., and opened her school with only 1.50 dollars, six pupils, used crates for desks and crushed elderberries for ink. Through determination and dedication, she built this tiny school into United Methodist Church affiliated Bethune-Cookman University. During her long career Bethune received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Haitian Medal of Honor and Merit (1949), the highest award of the Haitian government. Mary McLeod Bethune set a standard of excellence for the education of African Americans and she achieved her dreams through her own determination and strong faith in herself
Fannie Lou Hamer : voting rights activist( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fannie Lou Hamer, born in 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi, was the granddaughter of a slave and the youngest of 20 children. Raised by hardworking parents who were sharecroppers, she was no stranger to poverty or hardship. An inspirational speaker and writer, she used her powerful voice to raise the cause of equality and freedom for all blacks in America and became a defining force in the fight against social injustice during the early years of the civil rights movement. In this rare documentary, her struggles and triumphs are expressed through Hamer's own words as well as those of friends and colleagues. While attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Fannie Lou Hamer posed the defining question: 'Is this America? The land of the free and the home of the brave? Where we have to sleep with our telephone off the hook, because our lives be threatened daily because we want to live in peace as human beings in America?' She will be remembered for winning the right to vote for Black Americans and exposing Americas poverty by giving a voice to those in need. This program is an inspiration to anyone who has ever faced oppression and acts as a powerful reminder of what one individual is capable of achieving in the face of adversity
Charles Drew : revolutionized medical science( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Drew born 1904, was an African American physician and medical researcher who revolutionized the field of medicine with developments in blood work. Growing up in Washington, D.C., Drew excelled in everything he approached but his life and career ambitions always faced an upward battle due to the color of his skin. His research on plasma and transfusions in the 1930s led to discoveries relating to the separation and preservation of blood and the establishment of the world famous American Red Cross. Drew was the first doctor to work for the ARC and oversaw the first blood drive, 'Blood for Britain', which supplied blood plasma to the British fighting in World War II, saving thousands of allied lives. He protested against the prevalent practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood from donors of different races on the basis that it lacked scientific foundation. Charles Drew set a standard of excellence unparalleled by most of his white contemporaries. In 1943, his distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first Black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Despite the prejudices of American society in the first half of the 20th century, Charles Drew persevered in his practice and was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs and racial equality
Famous writers : Chester Himes & Ralph Ellison( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program is a moving portrait of a man who used his literary talents to vent his rage against an unjust society. Also, Ralph Ellison's ambitious journey from a childhood of hardship and poverty to celebrated African American writer is chronicled in this inspiring program
Famous public figures : Mary Mcleod Bethune & Shirley Chisholm( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary McLeod Bethune: Follow her illustrious path from the cotton fields of the South to renowned public figure in education. Shirley Chisholm: Her legacy of political and social activism laid the foundation for the rise of women and Blacks in American politics
Famous activists : Paul Robeson & Richard Wright( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Robeson: One of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. Richard Wright: A major influence on world literature and politics, who brought the Black Experience to the forefront of social discourse
Famous men of medical science : Dr. Daniel Hale Williams & Charles Drew( Visual )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams: His notable achievements as a Cardiac Surgeon helped to revolutionize the field of medicine and humanize its practices. Charles Drew: The first Black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery
Famous human rights crusaders : Ida B. Wells & Fannie Lou Hammer( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ida B. Wells: A community organizer and grass roots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement. Fannie Lou Hamer: An inspiration to anyone who has ever faced oppression & a powerful reminder of what one individual is capable of achieving in the face of adversity. One of the true icons of the Civil Rights movement
Chester Himes : a rage in Harlem, internationally acclaimed writer( Visual )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chester Himes born 1909 in Jefferson, Missouri into a middle class academic black family was an internationally acclaimed African American writer who created a violent and cynical picture of the black experience in America by writing about his encounters with racism. This program is a moving portrait of a man who used his literary talents to vent his rage against an unjust society. In 1928 when Chester Himes was nineteen, he was chained upside down, beaten by police until he confessed to an armed robbery, sentenced for 20 to 25 years, and incarcerated in the Ohio State Penitentiary. By the time he was paroled in 1936, he had become a nationally known writer publishing stories in the African-American periodicals and Esquire. His novels, short stories and screenplays were mostly about black protagonists doomed by white racism and hate. By the 1950s Himes had decided to settle in France permanently, a country he liked in part due to his critical popularity there. Living among other expatriate writers that included James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright, he published a series of black detective novels set in Harlem in the 50s and 60s that established Chester Himes international reputation as an author and literary equal of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler
Richard Wright : writing is his weapon( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the life, work, and ideas of the black American novelist Richard Wright
Ralph Ellison : the self-taught writer( Visual )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the life of African-American writer Ralph Ellison from his early years of poverty in Oklahoma City to his vault to world fame
Fannie Lou Hamer : everyday battle( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A video biography about civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer. Reports the details of Hamer's tough early years in Mississippi, her unexpected rise to national prominence, through her last years, often spent alone and ignored. Congressman John Lewis discusses her legacy
Charles Drew - determined to succeed( Visual )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary chronicles the life of Dr. Drew, an African-American physician who discovered a method for preserving the plasma portion of blood for use in blood transfusions. He was also assistant director of the national program for blood procurement for the American Red Cross, where he fought racism. Drs. Rodney and Anderson review the period in which Drew lived and assess his impact
 
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