The African American Experience

An AMERICAN EXPERIENCE collection featuring a selection of films documenting the African American Experience — along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with race, democracy and justice, and celebrating the contributions of Black Americans to the American story.

Video thumbnail: American Experience Voice of Freedom

American Experience

Voice of Freedom

The life of singer Marian Anderson and her triumphant 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial

WCNY Passport

This video is currently available with WCNY Passport.

Voice of Freedom

Video thumbnail: American Experience The Fight

American Experience

The Fight

The famous 1938 heavyweight fight between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling.

The Fight

Video thumbnail: American Experience The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

American Experience

The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

How a horrific incident of racial violence became catalyst for the civil rights movement.

WCNY Passport

This video is currently available with WCNY Passport.

The Blinding of Isaac Woodard

Video thumbnail: American Experience Goin' Back to T-Town

American Experience

Goin' Back to T-Town

A thriving Black community in Tulsa, rebuilt after a 1921 racially-motivated massacre.

WCNY Passport

This video is currently available with WCNY Passport.

Goin' Back to T-Town

Video thumbnail: American Experience Freedom Summer

American Experience

Freedom Summer

Shattering the foundations of white supremacy over 10 memorable weeks in 1964.

Freedom Summer

Video thumbnail: American Experience Freedom Riders

American Experience

Freedom Riders

The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.

Freedom Riders

Video thumbnail: American Experience The American Diplomat (español)

American Experience

The American Diplomat (español)

Tres diplomáticos negros que rompieron las barreras raciales en el Dpto. de Estado.

The American Diplomat (español)