Madeleine Anderson is a trailblazing filmmaker and artist, recognized as being the first African American woman to direct a documentary. The three films in this series, made between 1960 and 1970, document Black people in their struggle for equality, becoming indispensable historical records and fundamental pieces of political documentary filmmaking in the process. Integration Report 1 is a snapshot of the civil rights movement—tracking speeches, sit-ins, and protests all over the country in the late 50s, and including a song by Maya Angelou—that captures its bubbling energy and scope. Featuring footage shot by the Maysles brothers and Richard Leacock, it is a milestone in the beginnings of Direct Cinema, a genre of documentary initiated by the development of portable cameras and synchronous sound that attempts to capture reality as it unfolds. Tribute to Malcolm X, made for William Greaves’ television program Black Journal on occasion of the fourth anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, is an essential portrait of one of the leading figures in the civil rights movement and a rare collaboration with Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz. I Am Somebody documents the struggle of Black hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina fighting for workers’ rights, and is a perfect example of the tenacity and vitality of both the labor movement and Anderson’s filmmaking. Recently preserved by Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, all three films are compassionate records of activism, capturing the intersections of race, class, and gender.