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11 Movies to Watch with Your Family During Black History Month and the Entire Year

With Black History month coming to a close, the conversation does not have to end. Teaching your children about Black History can provide insightful dialogue about topics that may otherwise be swept under the rug. Use these insightful movies, provided below, to educate your children and family, and start much needed conversations surrounding black history.

 

Selma, Lord, Selma

Rated TV-PG

A young girl from Alabama finds herself in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement in the early days of the right to vote movement.  She pledges to support the movement in any way she can and learns valuable lessons throughout her journey.

Ruby Bridges

Rated: NR

Six-year-old Ruby Bridges is the first to integrate her local New Orleans School. At a young age, she is subjected to racism, yet pushes forward to become a shining example for the world over.
The Journey of Henry Box Brown

Rated: Suitable for All Ages

The Journey of Henry Box Brown recounts the story of Henry, a slave determined to be free.  Henry Brown mails himself from a plantation in Richmond, Virginia to freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Our Friend Martin

Rated: NR

A boy, who would much rather play ball than go on a history field trip, is transported back in time to the days of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He learns the importance of learning about the past.

Polly

Rated: NR

Polly goes to live with her wealthy aunt in a southern town that is racially divided.  Polly’s kind nature and warm spirit teaches her aunt and some people in town a valuable lesson.

Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years

Rated: NR

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years tells history of the Civil Rights Movement through the stories told by the men and women who experienced the struggle first hand.

Once Upon A Time, When We Were Colored

Rated: PG

A young boy living with his great-grandmother and great-grandfather begins to understand the way the world works in the southern United States.  He works hard and takes a nonviolent approach to face the injustice of segregation.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Rated: NR

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman chronicles the life a woman born into slavery, yet lives to drink a sip of water out of the Whites Only fountain.

Hidden Figures

Rated: PG

Hidden Figures is the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson,  and countless other black women that helped orbit some of NASA’s greatest launches.
The Great Debaters

Rated: PG-13

Professor Tolson takes his debate team from Wiley College to a level no one thought they could achieve.  Watch the story as it unfolds, as the cast battles racism and stereotypes; while stressing the importance of education.
Animated Hero Classics: Harriet Tubman

Rated: NR

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but she knew she was not supposed to stay a slave. She gathers the courage to run away from the plantation to freedom and come back to help those she knew need it the most.

 

 

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