'Now Is the Time' featured actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis doing in-studio readings from the passionate writings of American Negroes as cameras caught on-location illustrative and impressionistic films of Philadelphia Negroes. A unique anthology of American Negro attitudes from the earliest days of subservience to current times of heightened self-respect."Includes footage of a church service, elderly women, children playing, decayed apartment buildings, protest marches and rallies, lunch counter sit-ins, and violent encounters between protesters and police.Includes readings from from the writings of: Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Lucy Smith, Claude Brown, Countee Cullen, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Naomi L. Madgett, Waring Cuney, Herbert Clark Johnson, Malcolm X, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Rita Vaughan, Mari E. Evans, Sterling A. Brown, Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael, Ernie Chambers, Dr. Nathan Wright and Rev. M.L. Wilson. Also includes comments from African-American children about race, and excerpts from gospel songs and spirituals.