Black Power in America:
Myth or Reality?

Director: William Greaves
USA / 1987 / 58 min

Last streamed on Thu, Oct 15

Live Screening introduced by filmmaker Shola Lynch, the Curator of the Moving Image at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

As part of Threshold, an online program of videos exploring art in times of crisis, using the concept of a threshold as a moment for possible transformation, Performa has partnered with Metrograph to present William Greaves’s iconic, but rarely shown, documentary Black Power in America: Myth or Reality?. The film questions whether the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s effectively changed the Black community, and American society more widely, and examines the notion of Black power itself. Greaves interviewed major Black leaders, such as Franklin Thomas, Clifton Wharton Jr., Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Lerone Bennett Jr. to present a candid take on issues within the African American community, revealing wider societal problems in America at large. To watch Threshold: Art in Times of Crisis, go to To rent or purchase the films of William Greaves, and read over 100 essays and interviews, visit