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African Elements – Video Essays on African American History and Culture

Welcome to the African Elements Video Essay Section

Discover African American history and culture through video essays

At African Elements, we believe that video essays are a powerful medium for exploring and analyzing African American history and culture. Our videos provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a wide range of topics related to the Black experience in America, from the civil rights movement to current events.

Explore our collection of video essays

Each of our video essays offers a unique perspective on a particular topic or issue related to African American history and culture. Some of our most popular video essays include:

The Black Panther Party: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Movement

Take a deep dive into the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party, and its impact on the fight for racial justice.

How Black Women Contributed to the Civil Rights Movement Despite Inequality

Learn about the often overlooked role of Black women in the civil rights movement, and their contributions to the struggle for equality.

Russia and Black People: Relationship Status – It’s Complicated

Discover the complex history of the relationship between Russia and Black people, and the impact of this history on current events.

Join us in exploring African American history and culture

At African Elements, we are committed to promoting knowledge and understanding of African American history and culture through the medium of video essays. Join us on our journey of exploration and discovery as we learn more about the rich and complex history of Black Americans in America.

Huey P. Newton and the Revolutionary Black Nationalist Position on Gay and Women’s Liberation Movements

Huey P. Newton and the Revolutionary Black Nationalist Position on Gay and Women's Liberation Movements By Darius Spearman African Elements ...
How Medical Experimentation on Enslaved Africans Shaped American Medicine

The Gruesome History of Medical Experimentation on Enslaved Black People and Its Impact on American Medicine

The Gruesome History of Medical Experimentation on Enslaved Black People and Its Impact on American Medicine Written by Monica Mendez ...
Black Migration, the "Red Summer," and the "Red Scare"

Black Migration, the “Red Summer,” and the “Red Scare” of 1919

Black Activism and the Communist and Socialist Parties of the early Twentieth Century by Darius Spearman As new immigrants arrived ...
How Freedom Defines Black Political Power

How Freedom Defines Black Political Power

How Freedom Defines Black Political Power by Darius Spearman Often used interchangeably, "freedom" and "rights" are critical ingredients in the ...

Black Migration, the “Red Summer,” and the “Red Scare”

Race Versus Class: Worker Strife, Black Activism and the Communist and Socialist PartiesAs new immigrants arrived from Eastern Europe during ...

Panel Discussion on Critical Race Theory (CRT)

I had the honor of moderating a panel on Critical Race Theory (CRT) in an event sponsored by the San ...

What is Anti-Black Politics?

Throughout the history of the United States, anti-Black politics has systematically limited African Americans in their ability to exercise power ...
Martin Luther King Sr and the Making of a Movement

Martin Luther King Sr. and the Making of a Movement

The Shaping of Michael Luther King Martin Luther King Sr. was born in Stockbridge, Georgia, on December 19, 1897. Born ...
W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington (Round 2)

W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington (Round 2)

Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois, Round 2 (Intoduction) Over a series of articles, I've explored how Black leaders ...
Booker T. Washington And W.E.B. Dubois (Round 1)

Booker T. Washington And W.E.B. Dubois (Round 1)

W.E.B. Dubois vs. Booker T. Washington (Round 1) Support African Elements via Patreon at patreon.com/africanelements *Ad-Free Videos for as little as ...
How Post-Civil War Reconstruction Failed African Americans

How Post-Civil War Reconstruction Failed African Americans

How Post-Civil War Reconstruction Failed African Americans After the Civil War, many African Americans were hopeful that this new post-slavery ...
3 Survival Strategies for Enslaved Blacks in the Upper South

3 Survival Strategies for Slaves in the Upper South

Join our wonderful Patreon supporters and access ad-free videos for as little as a dollar a month.  3 Survival Strategies for ...