11/13/19 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: All the Way Home (1957) (When A Black Family Moves Next Door)

All the Way Home: an examination of what happens in a community when a Negro family stops in front of a ‘FOR SALE’ sign. Dramatizes the unreason and prejudice which bar a solution to the integration problem in housing. – From the Prelinger Archive.

Demonstrates in a positive fashion that integrated communities can and do work. Exposes the property value fallacy and makes an appeal to reason and democratic principles.

All the Way Home (1957) (When A Black Family Moves Next Door)

All the Way Home is a superb film about neighborhood racial integration from the 1950s. Addressing the fears, concerns, and tension about integration for white neighborhoods, the film treats these subjects with a surprising honesty. The elements of social ostracizing and traditionalist pressures are revealed for the painful and damaging forces they have always been.

For example, the man who sells his home to a “negro” is punished by his neighbors who fear (rightly to this day, unfortunately) that their property value will be negatively effected – not to mention issues of safety. This is an important film since many of these issues are still as painfully present as they were in the 1950s. All the Way Home is a must have piece of Civil Rights history.

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