Celebrate Juneteenth all week with FREE streaming documentaries about two important African-American women, the poet and humanitarian Maya Angelou and the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and another about the multi-talented entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.
The 90 minute documentaries are streaming on the All-Arts channel created by WNET, New York City’s legendary PBS station, which aired the documentaries as part of their American Masters program, acknowledging cultural leaders.
The website also offers transcripts of the documentaries, in case you would rather read than watch.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life.
She inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.
Best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers and critics on an exploration of the powerful themes she confronted throughout her literary career in this artful and intimate meditation that examines the life and work of the legendary storyteller.
Morrison, who died in 2019, was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. She also was a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest non-military honor.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
The first major film documentary to examine Sammy Davis, Jr.’s vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America.
He was a singer, dancer, actor and comedian, both onstage and in film, and also a member of the famous “Rat Pack” of celebrities that included Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford.
About the civil rights march in Alabama in 1965 led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
About the defense of an African-American man unjustly accused of murder.
Both critically acclaimed films are available through June 30.