For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots

Initially airing February 2010, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots is a PBS documentary that details the military contributions of African Americans. Realizing the educational significance of the film, the U.S. Army created an edited 25-minute version of the film and corresponding high school and college facilitator guides. The materials, structured to fit a classroom timeframe, are versatile and can compliment studies in American history, civics, social studies and ROTC programs.

ipl was asked by a representative of United Solutions and Services, LLC., to continue offering these materials after funding from the U.S. Army for hosting these materials at their original site ( ran out on September 30, 2010.

Two professors, Marcelite D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Jewell G. Winn, Ed.D., of M and J Consultants, holding PhD’s in curriculum development created the facilitator guides. These guides define course outcomes, general information, important facts and post viewing questions for each chapter.

The chapters of the film are divided according to wars, which allow educators the option to adapt the materials to fit specific topical discussions. The 25-minute version can be shown in its entirety or according to appropriate content. Either way, educators can customize the video footage to support several presentation formats.

Facilitator’s Guides


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Special thanks to United Solutions and Services, LLC., for providing these materials to ipl and providing permission to ipl to host these materials.


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