“Only the colored people themselves can determine their political, social and economic future.”

William Monroe Trotter

Prof. EA Kiss

This course surveys a hidden canon of African American film while also uncovers the roots of representational injustice in Hollywood and the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in the production and distribution of Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” that led to the rebirth of the KKK. Wilson’s policy of segregation was adapted by Hollywood as a self-censoring industry regulation of representation. Black people could only appear on screen as subservient and marginal characters, never as equals, partners or leaders. This industry code, Wilson’s legacy, has become second nature to Hollywood.


Leading Men and Leading Ladies: Jim Crow Cinema

Sul-Te-Wan, Julie Dash museum vitrine; film essay and/or film montage on Sul-Te Van

The first Afro-American woman on the big screen

Madame Sul-Te-Wan

Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming and George Cukor



Michael Curtiz



Julie Dash


Four Women

Julie Dash


“Stereotypes” in Public Opinion

Walter Lippmann