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Actor Sidney Poitier (left) in a scene from the film Cry The Beloved Country.
All this month, we are taking at look African-American images in film and how the roles for actors and depictions of black life have changed over the past century. We start with a historical overview of African-American portrayals.
Joining in are Esther Iverem — author of We Gotta Have It — Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006 — and Thomas Cripps, author and professor emeritus at Morgan State University.