Intended for showing in the many "all-black" theatres common in the U.S. in the 1940s, We've Come a Long, Long Way was produced by Negro Marches On, a newsreel service. The film traces the progress of African Americans from the outbreak of the Civil War to the present (1944, that is). Narration is provided by Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, one of the foremost black religious leaders of the era (and later a pioneer of religious television). Its technical shortcomings aside, We've Come a Long, Long Way was nonetheless an inspirational 67-minute documentary. It is made abundantly clear throughout, however, that the average black American still had a long, long way to go before overcoming white prejudice and bigotry.
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