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BSC Multicultural Library

e multicultural library is a collection of books and DVDs that address issues of multiculturalism and diversity. All of these resources are located in the Birmingham-Southern College library.  To access multicultural resources, type in the keyword search “Multicultural Resource Library” in the library search page on the BSC Library Catalog.


African/African American
Arab/Middle East
Human Rights
Jewish/Jewish American
Latin/Latin America
Native American

African/African American

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality
Cheikh Anta Diop

Americana: Th Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black Chronology: From 4000 B.C. To The Abolition Of The Slave Trade
Ellen Irene Diggs

Black Writers: A Selection Of Sketches From Contemporary Authors.
Scott Peacock

Blacks In Science And Medicine
Vivian Ovelton Sammons

The Color Complex
Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ronald Hall

Famous Black Quotations And Some Not So Famous
Janet Cheatham Bell

The March for Justice
Dorothy Swygert

Prince Among Slaves
Terry Alford

The Souls of Black Folk
W.E.B. Du Bois

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Beverly Daniel Tatum

Arab/Middle East

Arab And Muslim Stereotyping In American Popular Culture
Jack G. Shaheen

The Arabs: Their History, Culture, And Place In The Modern World
Arnold Hottinger

The Genius Of Arab Civilization: Source Of Renaissance
John R. Hayes.

Myths and Facts: A guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (381 p)
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise


Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years In America's First Gay And Lesbian Town
Ester Newton

Out AT Work: Fired for Failing to Comply with Normal Heterosexual Values (Two Disk DVD. 114 min)
In 1992 Cheryl Summerville, a cook at a Cracker Barrel restaurant outside Atlanta, received a termination paper stating that she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was shocked to discover that in more than 40 American states it was legal to fire workers simply because of their sexual orientation. Out at Work chronicles the stories of three gay workers: a cook, an auto worker and a New York Public Library clerk, as they seek workplace safety, job security and employee benefits for gay and lesbian workers. (56 minutes)

The DVD also includes Out at Work: America Undercover, an HBO special featuring tow of the stories in the original Out at Work, as well as the shocking story of Mark Anderson, a stock trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, who was ridiculed, sexually harassed, had his car stolen by his superiors and repainted with homophobic slurs, and eventually terminated. (58 minutes)

Professions Of Desire: Lesbian And Gay Studies In Literature
George E. Haggerty And Bonnie Zimmerman

Those Others: Navigating the “Riddle of Homosexuality” in 1965
Joe Openshaw

Human Rights

Genocide And Gross Human Rights Violations In Comparative Perspective
Kurt Jonassohn With Karin Solveig Björnson

In Contempt Of Fate: The Tale Of A Sri Lankan Sold Into Servitude Who Survived To Tell It, A Memoir
Beatrice Fernando

The Nature of Prejudice
Gordon W. Allport

Jewish/Jewish American

Against The Apocalypse: Responses To Catastrophe In Modern Jewish Culture
David G. Roskies

Demon In The Box: Jews, Arabs, Politics, And Culture In The Making Of Israeli Television
Tasha G. Oren

Irreconcilable Difference: The Waning Of The American Jewish Love Affair With Israel
Steven T. Rosenthal

Jewish American And Holocaust Literature: Representation In The Postmodern World
Alan L. Berger And Gloria L. Cronin.

Jewish Life And American Culture
Sylvia Barack Fishman

Nostalgia In Jewish-American Theatre And Film
Ben Furnish

What You Should Know About Jewish Religion, History, Ethics, And Culture
Sidney L. Markowitz.

Latin/Latin America

Brasil Tour Guide (48 p.)

Shine Boy
José Galvez


Communication And Identity Across Cultures
Dolores V. Tanno, Alberto González

Contemporary Art And Multicultural Education
Susan Cahan And Zoya Kocur

Dictionary Of Multicultural Education
Carl A. Grant And Gloria Ladson-Billings

Inside Separate Worlds: Life Stories Of Young Blacks, Jews, And Latinos
David Schoem

Promoting Learning For Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Students: Classroom Applications From Contemporary Research
Russell M. Gersten, Robert T. Jiménez

Race and Culture
Thomas Sowell

Speaking For Themselves: Neomexicano Cultural Identity And The Spanish-Language Press
Doris Meyer

Native American

Telling The Stories: Essays On American Indian Literatures And Cultures
Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson And Malcolm A. Nelson

Powerful Images: Portrayal Of Native America
Sarah E. Boehme


The White Man’s Burden
William Easterly

Class Matters
New York Times correspondents

Dvd/Video Recordings

African/ African American

African/ African American

Black English as an American Dialect (Dvd, 30 min)
The term “Ebonics,” which is a fusion of the words “ebony” and “phonics,” received national attention in the US in 1966 when the Oakland School Board in Claifornia made the decision to recognize Ebonics as an official dialect of African American children who were attending school there and to educate teachers in its use.  Later on, a newly elected school board modified then dropped the resolution entirely.  Today Ebonics is more commonly referred to as African American Vernacular English (AAVE).  John Rickford clarifies the issues surrounding the Ebonics controversy.  He also advocates the method of studying language called “contrastive analysis,” which involves drawing a student’s attention to similarities and differences between Ebonics and Standard English.  Interchange Series English.

Black in America 2 (Dvd)
Black in America 2 is a two disk set.  The first disk, Today’s Pioneers, examines how community organizers across the country are creating progress and improvements locally.  These programs include a Chicago barbershop and the Black Marriage Day project that document people who are working to make a difference.
Tomorrow’s Leaders, the second disk, focuses on solutions aimed at developing African-American leaders.  It includes Malaak Compton Rock’s Journey for Change for teenagers from inner-city schools.  The programs highlighted are making a difference in the lives of young African-Americans.

Black Is... Black Ain’t (Dvd, 87 min)
An unabashedly frank and honest - and at times humorous - look at black identity in America, Black is... Black Ain’t challenges the traditional definition of blackness.  Producer, Marlon Riggs, gives a powerful and intelligent critique of racism, sexism, and homophobia as well as the exclusiveness and rigidity of the black institutions of family, church, and community.  This is Riggs’ last project before losing his battle with AIDS and he stirs debate and lays out a bold vision for a humanity that embraces all people.

The Conference that Never Happened (Vhs, 27 min)
The rhetoric of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict engulfed the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, into so much turmoil that participants never fully addressed the main agenda. This program features such guests as Elisa Massimino, of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, discussing what happened at the conference.
Brown, Tony

Fight for Freedom (Dvd)
On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation became law, thereby turning the Civil War from a war to reunite the country into a war to free the slaves. Fight for Freedom explores the creative tension between Lincoln, his Union generals, and the United States Congress as they struggle with the issue of enlisting “colored troops.”  On September 22, 1862, five days after the victory at Anietam, Lincoln issued a proclamation which led to the enlistment of about 200,000 colored troops who played a decisive role in the last two years of the war.

The Lost Boys of Sudan (Dvd, 87 min) 
 The journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by their war torn country, who traveled to America looking for a safer environment and learning to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society.
Mylan, Megan.

Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement: America in Black and White (Dvd, 44 min)
Driving While Black. For many African-Americans, simply having dark skin seems to be grounds for being pulled over on the highway and searched for drugs. Police call it "profiling," based on years of successful drug interdiction through traffic stops, but angry and humiliated victims call it "racial profiling"—a blatant form of discrimination—and want it stopped. In part one of this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent Michel McQueen investigate the issue from the victims’ points of view. In part two, Koppel and McQueen look at profiling through the eyes of the police, with special commentary by law professor and former OJ Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden. Some language may be objectionable.


China's Lost Girls (Dvd, 40 min)
To curb the country's exploding population, china limits most families to one child, or in certain circumstances, two children. Due to cultural, social, and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted, or abandoned. As a result, thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China. Today, more than on-quarter of all babies adopted from abroad by American families come from China-and nearly all are girls. National Geographic and Lisa Ling join some of these families as the travel to china to meet their new daughters for the first time. Along this emotional journey, Lisa Ling shares in the joy of these growing families and also witnesses first hand Chin's gender gap, examines its roots, and discusses its possible repercussions.


A Little History Worth Knowing (Vhs, 45 min)
A Video Primer On Disability, This Awareness Training Replays Stereotypes From Ancient Contests, Medical "Solutions" And Tv Telethon Images Of Disability, And Then Shifts To Positive Changes Driven By Assistive Technology, Medical Advances And Advocacy. This Silver Cindy Award Winner Replaces Old Approaches With Support For Inclusion, Independence And Workplace Diversity.


American Justice: Death Penalty (Dvd, 50 min)
Over three hundred convicts have been executed since the Supreme Court re-instituted the death penalty in 1976, and its use is on the rise nationwide. Explore the arguments for and against capital punishment in this riveting program. Examine the difficult legal, political and religious issues involved through extensive interviews with experts on both sides of the debate. Get a unique insight into the personal side of capital punishment with an in-depth look at the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. He was the last person put to death before capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in the 1960s. DEATH PENALTY presents a reasoned examination of the ultimate criminal sentence.


Facts About Germany
Jeremy Gaines


Boys Don't Cry (Dvd, 1hr 25 min)
Based on a true story, Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart.

Brother Outsider (DVD, 84 min)
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 20 awards, Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther Kin Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.

Dangerous Living: Coming out in the Developing World (Dvd,1hr)
Dangerous Living is the first documentary to deeply explore the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-western cultures. Traveling to five different continents, we hear the heartbreaking and triumphant stories of gays and lesbians from Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand and elsewhere, where most occurrences of oppression received no media coverage at all By share the personal stories coming out of developing nations, Dangerous Living sheds light on an emerging global movement striving to end discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Gender Me: Homosexuality in the World of Islam (Dvd, 52 min)
Filmed in Istanbul and Oslo, this artistic documentary by Turkish/Norwegian filmmaker Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen openly explores what it is like to be both gay and Muslim. Through the interrelated stories of a gay rights activist, a gay imam, drag artist, and others, Gender Me gently denounces homophobia in general, encourages discourse and engagement within Islam as a positive societal approach to coming to terms with sexual otherness, and seeks to advance a loving appreciation of the oneness of all humankind.

It's Elementary: Taking abut Gay Issues in School (Vhs,1hr 17min)
Most adults probably don't see why or how schools should address lesbian and gay issues with young children. With inspiring classroom footage, It's Elementary urges educator and parents to re-think their assumptions. This beautifully crafted film s how what actually happens when teacher lead class discussion that address anti-gay prejudice. It makes a powerful case that children need to be taught respect for ALL - and that this kind of education needs to start in elementary school.

Speaking For Ourselves: Portraits Of Gay And Lesbian Youth (Vhs, 27 min)
Issues Pertaining To Identity, Sexuality, Family And Self Acceptance Strike A Common Chord For Most Young People Regardless Of Their Affectional Or Sexual Orientation. In Speaking For Ourselves, The Viewing Audience Meets A Wide Range Of Young People Who Were Courageous Enough To Share Their Life Experiences On Camera.
Mifsud, John & Diversity Productions

Tal Como Somos (Dvd, 71 min)
The gay, bisexual, and transgender community still struggles to find its place among the rich traditions of Latino culture. This documentary examines the lives of seven Latina GBT men and women, offering profound insights into their relationship with family and loved ones while exploring in the context of culture, religion, and work.

The Times of Harvey Milk (Dvd, 88 min)
Academy Award winner The Times of Harvey Milk is the dramatic and moving story of the first openly gay person elected to political office in California - from his triumphant grass-roots campaign to his brutal assassination one year later by fellow San Francisco city supervisor Dan White. These events, and the "Twinkie defense" trial that followed, united an entire city - first in mourning, and then in violent rage. A story of communities and values in conflict, told with humor and compassion, this gripping film builds to its climax with the intensity and inevitability of classic tragedy. And ultimately, when the fires die down, it is a life-affirming testament to courage and hope.


God in Government (Dvd, 1 hr)
God in Government is a one-hour documentary that explores the complex relationship between religion and politics in the contemporary world. With the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel, and India as object lessons, the film asks fundamental questions: What are the consequences when religion and politics become intertwined? What are the fault lines along with tensions and conflicts occur? And what is the appropriate relationship between ‘church’ and state in a modern society?

Religious Diversity In America (Dvd, 23 min)
In America There Are A Variety Of Cultures That Are Defined By Many Different Religions. Discover The Elements Of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, And Buddhism.
Writer, Carlo Rodrigues; Producer/Editor, Shannon Mcwhirter

Religions of the World (Dvd, 50 min)
Investigates the fascinating range of major religions from all over the globe, and explores their differences and similarities.


American Toungues (Dvd, 56 min)
From Boston Brahmins, urban professionals, African-American teenagers, Texas cowboys, to Southerners, this film elicits a funny, and sometimes shocking, perspective about the attitudes Americans have about the way they talk.

America's New Immigration Policy (Vhs, 26 min)
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Roy Beck, author of The Case Against Immigration, discuss the impact of the September 11 terrorist attack on U.S. immigration policy. That policy was previously focused on the economic impacts of illeagal immigration from Mexico, but the emphasis has now  shifted to questions of how immigration affects American security.Tony Brown's journal. Episode 2425

Culture, Identity, Behavior (Dvd, 36 min)
Discusses how our culture influences our identity which, in turn, influences our behavior.
Max Wilson and Debra Sonesta

The History Of Sex: Sexual Practices Around The World (4 Vhs, 250min)
A revealing, lighthearted and captivating look at the role of sex in society. From Adam and Eve to the sexual revolution and beyond, this eye-opening series goes between the sheets for a truly intimate look at humanity. Peter Coyote

  • Ancient Civilization--Egyptian Contraceptives, Roman Orgies And More.
  • The Eastern World--The Kama Sutra, Behind The Great Wall And Those Sultry Arabian Nights.
  • The Middle Ages--Sex And The Church, Bawdy Knights And Chasing Chaste Maidens.
  • From Don Juan To Queen Victoria--Passionate Pilgrims, Casanova, The Marquis De Sade And Sexual Extremes.
  • The 20th Century--Burning Bras, Masters & Johnson, Viagra And Beyond.

Interpreting Nonverbal Communication (Dvd, 34 Min.)
Includes information on understanding verbal communication, nonverbal patterns and symbols, projecting nonverbal communication, and misinterpreting nonverbal communication.
Mike Young, Anna Carlton, Cory Barnett

Nonverbal Communication and Culture (Dvd)
This DVD examines cultural issues in nonverbal communication.  It differentiates between conscious and unconscious gestures; considers facial expressions; discusses cultural differences in voice, paralanguage, and the use of silence; and explores space and body distance.  the program features expert commentary, illustrative vignettes, and student discusions.  Insight Media

Communication & Culture (Dvd)
This program examines the features and structures of human language and considers the role played by descriptive linguists in the study of language. It focuses on the efforts of the Native-American Serrano tribe to revitalize their dying cultural traditions and language. The DVD covers such topics as nonverbal communication, ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and African-American vernacular English.  Insight Media

Prejudice: More Than Black and White (Dvd, 35 min)
Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance, easy targets for every sort of discrimination and violence. What makes people prone to irrational hate, and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it? In this program, psychology professors Susan Fiske, of Princeton University, and Mahzarin Banaji, of Harvard University; representatives of the Council of American-Islamic Relations and other pro-tolerance group; and victims of prejudice share their insights and experiences. A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views. (Contains inflammatory language and images.)

Race: The Power Of Illusion (Dvd, 168 min)
Christine Herbes-Summers, Tracy Heather Strain, Llewellyn Smith, C.C.H. Pounder
What Does It Mean To Become An American? What Is Lost And Gained, Both Personally And Culturally, When One Sheds Part Of One's Heritage To Make Way For A New Self-Identity? This Powerful Bill Moyers Documentary Explores These Questions Through The Dramatic Experience Of The Chinese In American. Beginning With The Harsh Conditions At Home That Drove Thousands To Seek Their Fortunes In The California Gold Rush, This Fascinating Saga Traces The Ongoing Struggle Of Chinese Immigrants And Their Descendants To Be Fully Accepted As Americans Even As They Continue To Contribute To The Life And Success Of The Country.

  • Episode One: The Differences Between Us (56 Minutes)
    Everyone Can Tell A Nubian From A Norwegian, So Why Not Divide People Into Races? That's The Question Taken Up By The First Episode, The Difference Between Us, Which Demonstrates How Recent Scientific Discoveries Have Toppled The Concept Of Biological Race.
  • Episode Two: The Story We Tell (56 Minutes)
    The Story We Tell, Questions The Belief That Race Has Always Been With Us. Ancient Peoples Stigmatized “Others” Based On Language, Custom, And Especially Religion, But They Did Not Sort People Into “Races”. The Program Traces The Race Concept To The European Conquest Of The Americas, Including The Development Of The First Slave System Where All Slaves Shared A Physical Trait: Dark Skin. Ironically It Wasn't Until Slavery Was Challenged On Moral Grounds That Early Prejudices Crystallized Into A Full-Blown Ideology Of White Supremacy.
  • Episode Three: The House We Live In (56 Minutes)
    Race May Be A Biological Myth, But Racism Is Very Real. The House We Live In Focuses Not On Individual Behaviors And Attitudes, But On How Our Institutions Shape And Create Race, Giving Different Groups Vastly Unequal Life Chances. Who Is White? In The Early 20th Century, The Answer Wasn't Always Clear. Often, The Courts Had To Decide, And They Resorted To Contradictory Logic To Maintain The Color Line. After World War Ii, Whiteness Increasingly Meant Owning A Home In The Suburbs, Aided By Discriminatory Federal Policies That Helped Whites And Hindered Nonwhites. Today, The Average White Family Has Seven Times The Wealth Of The Average Black Family. Forty Years After The Civil Rights Movement, The Playing Field Is Still Not Level, And “Colorblind” Policies Only Perpetuate The Inequities.