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Black Catholics


Dancing Church (ADULT)
This video shows rich forms of indigenous African dance and music. Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Kane,CSP, visits a variety of Sunday liturgies filmed on location in Southern Africa including: Ethiopian Rite, Holy Saviour Church, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Sunday Eucharist, Nkamenya Parish, Malawi; Sunday Eucharist and Morning Prayer, Poor Clare Monastery, Lilongwe, Malawi; Good Friday, Way of the Cross in Turbo, Kenya; Zaire Rite, St. Alphonse, Matete, Kinshasa, Zaire; Rite of Paroisse St. Paul, Yaounde', Cameroon; Ashanti Rite, Cathedral, Kumasi, Ghana; Corpus Christi Celebration, St. Theresa, Nandom, Ghana. An entertaining way to educate parish liturgy committees to develop imagination in worship. Liturgical dance has been talked about for years--now, see it done well as a genuine act of praise of God!

How Parishes Are Celebrating The Word With Children (ADULT)
This video provides an opportunity for viewers to visit four different parish celebrations of the Word with children including Anglo, Hispanic, and African American, where children celebrate the Word apart from the main assembly. The objective is to document real situations from which viewers can learn to improve their own celebrations with children. The accompanying Discussion Guide helps viewers draw upon the illustrations in order to articulate basic principles to guide them in their own efforts to nurture the spiritual lives of children. Discussion questions focus on: Sacred Space, the use of symbols, rituals, and music, proclamation and reflection of the Word, and the Creed. This video is recommended for use with two guide books: A Child Shall Lead Them by G. Pottebaum, Sr. P. Freeburg, DC, and J. Kelleher; and To Walk With A Child by G. Pottebaum.

Sister Thea: Her Own Story (HS, ADULT)
This program is just what the name implies, a video memoir of Sr. Thea Bowman made at her home in Mississippi just months before her death. She speaks of her childhood, family, her calling and her aspirations for "God's Children" with candor and sensitivity.

Almost Home: Living With Suffering & Dying (HS, ADULT)
In this video, Sister Thea Bowman, a nationally known Black Catholic sister, shares her personal experiences of living with the sufferings and uncertainties of a terminal illness. Through Sister Thea's depth of spirituality and her gift of storytelling, you will discover that the sufferings we encounter and the finiteness of our existence pale in the splendor and power of God's gift of life and His eternal promises to us.

On the Air: Racism: Going Color Blind (HS)
What's the best way to beat racism? Look on the inside. Racism is not so much in how you feel, but in what you do. In this episode of "On the Air", you will be challenged to think and to do something about race issues in your own life. We have not really come a long way from slavery, segregation, and the sixties, but this video challenges us to take one positive step at a time to do so.

Underground Railroad, The (EL, JH)
The 15-minute video tells the story of the Underground Railroad through a combination of historical images and dramatic recreations. The video concludes with a rousing performance of "Wade in the Water" before an audience of children, who participate and learn an American Sign Language version of the song. Escaping slaves used songs like "Wade in the Water" to secretly communicate their plans. The audiotape, Songs of the Underground Railroad, performed by Kim and Reggie Harris, reveals the hope, the power, and the eventual triumph shared by a network of people of many races and creeds. In coded spirituals, slaves expressed a longing for freedom, calls to meeting, and plans and methods of escape. Nine different songs show the vital role of music in the Underground Railroad.

InnerAction: Cultural Blessings--Touching Earth (ADULT)
This is the first of a series of five videos. This video uses the prologue to John's Gospel to lead participants to experience the profound beauty of Native American culture and spirituality. It challenges the participants to become more aware of what it means to be in harmony with Nature, and gain a deeper appreciation for the Incarnation.

America Beyond the Color Line (Adult, older adolescent)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels the length and breadth of the U.S. to take the temperature of modern black America at the start of the new century. For Gates, this is both the best and the worst of times. Black Americans are center stage in almost every arena and opportunities have opened up which just three decades ago seemed unimaginable. But huge obstacles remain: many African Americans say they still feel excluded from mainstream American life and a fifth of all black Americans currently live below the poverty line. Gates travels to the East Coast, the deep South, inner City Chicago, and Hollywood to meet the people who are defining black America. 2-video set.

I'm Gonna Let it Shine: A Gathering of Voices for Freedom (All)
Recipient of The Parent's Choice Award, includes "This Little Light", "We Shall Overcome," "Get On Board, Children", "I'm On My Way".

Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railway (All)
Kim & Reggie Harris perform "Go Down Moses", "Oh Freedom", "Wade in the Water", and several original songs related to the Underground Railroad.

Invisible Church: America's Catholic Missions (Adult, older adolescents)
There is an invisible Catholic Church in America where parishes are poor and remote, but Catholics are rich in spirit and firm in their desire to maintain their faith. This program depicts the needs and challenges in America's missions by telling the stories of 3 different Catholic communities: a Navajo reservation in Arizona, an Hispanic Catholic community in Arkansas, and an isolated community in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Underground Railroad, The (EL, JH)
The audiotape, Songs of the Underground Railroad, performed by Kim and Reggie Harris, reveals the hope, the power, and the eventual triumph shared by a network of people of many races and creeds. In coded spirituals, slaves expressed a longing for freedom, calls to meeting, and plans and methods of escape. Nine different songs show the vital role of music in the Underground Railroad.

Visit (JH, HS, ADULT)
This translation of Luke 1:39-56 tells of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth and culminates with her famous Song of Praise (sometimes known as "The Magnificat"). The ABS video Scripture series has been recognized internationally for its scholarly, imaginative, and contemporary approach to translating the Holy Scriptures in a remarkable new way. Women of the Calabash combine to provide young people with a new translation of this important Scripture text. Women of the Calabash is a New York-based performance group which draws upon many different musical, dance and theatrical traditions to provide unique and exhilarating experiences for their audiences. They have performed internationally at festivals, and on radio and television.

Eyes On The Prize--Video 1 (HS, ADULT)
This is the first in a series of four videos. Pepsi and HBO celebrate the culture, achievements, and history of African Americans throughout the years. This video consists of two segments: 1. THE TIME HAS COME (1964-1966)--In the South and the urban North, leaders emerged who helped transform the civil rights movement into a broader struggle for human rights. Their message was direct: "The Time Has Come."; and, 2. TWO SOCIETIES (1965-1968)--"Two Societies" reveals the divisions that existed between African Americans and whites in America's cities, where African Americans had gained little from the Southern freedom movement by the late '60s.

Mysteries of the Rosary, Mysteries of Life (Joyful) (ADULT)
One of three videos. "Journey to Joy" Surrounded by college students on the serene, grassy campus of the U of Notre Dame, Chandra Johnson feels a sense of joy and fulfillment in her work as campus minister. But the journey to get here wasn't an easy one. Along the way, Chandra felt discouraged and unsure of life's path. Despite struggles, she stepped out in faith, said yes to God, and found herself on a journey of the Joyful Mysteries. This compelling video intertwines Chandra's inspirational story with the praying of a complete Rosary. Five different groups recite the decades of the Joyful Mysteries in outdoor scenes, in church settings and family living rooms, allowing the viewers to pray along with them.

InnerAction: Cultural Blessings--Caring Communities (ADULT)
This is the second of a series of five videos. This video questions whether American society is building wisely or not. All may benefit from the Hispanic American perspective on family, community, and church.

InnerAction: Cultural Blessings--Creating Energies (ADULT)
This is the third in a series of five videos. In this video, the Scripture story of the multiplication of the loaves invites reflection on the European American strengths of individuality and creativity.

InnerAction: Cultural Blessings--Liberating People (ADULT)
This is the fourth of a series of five videos. In this video, participants celebrate African American history, music, culture, and spirituality. A person cannot know freedom until they've known slavery.

InnerAction: Cultural Blessings--Living Reflections (ADULT)
This is the fifth in a series of five videos. This video explores an appreciation for the Asian American search for balance and the gift of a contemplative soul.

Eyes On The Prize--Video 2 (HS, ADULT)
This is the second in a series of four videos. Pepsi and HBO celebrate the culture, achievements, and history of African Americans throughout the years. This video consists of two segments: 3. POWER! (1966-68)--Solutions to the problems of inequality were as diverse as America itself. Communities mobilized for change in strikingly different ways, but their ultimate goal was the same - power; and, 4. THE PROMISED LAND (1967-1968)--In the late 1960s, the issues of war, poverty and economic justice became intertwined. The escalating Vietnam War further divided America, and the government's War on Poverty began to suffer.

Eyes On The Prize--Video 3 (HS, ADULT)
This is the third in a series of four videos. Pepsi and HBO celebrate the culture, achievements, and history of African Americans throughout the years. This video consists of two segments: 5. AIN'T GONNA SHUFFLE NO MORE (1964-1972)--Muhammad Ali…Howard University…Gary, Indiana. Through these names, "black pride" came to the fore in the fight for equality, and African Americans reclaimed their heritage in different ways; and, 6. A NATION OF LAW? (1968-1971)--The Black Panther Party…Fred Hampton…Attica. These names equaled controversy in the America of law and order promised by President Nixon. Urban rebellion and campus unrest had brought cycles of protest and reprisals, leaving many wondering if America was in fact "a nation of law."


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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