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Black History Month Sampler

Black History Month, assigned to February, is an opportunity to explore and reflect on the rich history of struggle and achievement of African Americans and the African diaspora in spite of tremendous obstacles.

To help campuses make the most of this month, we have assembled a collection of 33 essential documentaries focused on this history.

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The Black History Month Sampler includes the following titles:

'63 Boycott - image'63 Boycott

Connects the massive 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

Bullfrog Films | 2017 | 30 minutes
A Dangerous Idea - imageA Dangerous Idea

Examines the history of the US eugenics movement and its recent resurrection, which uses false scientific claims and holds that an all-powerful 'gene' determines who is worthy and who is not.

Bullfrog Films | 2017 | 106 minutes | 10 - 12, College, Adult
A Tribute to Malcolm X - imageA Tribute to Malcolm X

From the WNET series Black Journal, a tribute fllmed shortly after Malcolmn X's 1965 assassination, including an interview with his wdow, Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Icarus Films | 1967 | 16 minutes
Althea - imageAlthea

Pioneering athlete Althea Gibson broke records on and off the tennis court.

Icarus Films | 2014 | 83 minutes
Capturing the Flag - imageCapturing the Flag

A tight-knit group of friends travel to North Carolina to fight voter suppression and intent on proving that American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.

Bullfrog Films | 2018 | 76 minutes | Grades 9-12, College, Adult
Come Hell or High Water - imageCome Hell or High Water

When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a Boston teacher returns home to protect the community his ancestors settled.

Bullfrog Films | 2014 | 56 minutes | 9-12, College, Adult
Conversations with Roy DeCarava - imageConversations with Roy DeCarava

The life of the first black photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Icarus Films | 1984 | 28 minutes | 9-12, College, Adult
Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code - imageCooked: Survival by ZIP Code

From award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, Cooked: Survival by ZIP Code reveals the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine unequal response and recovery to environmental disaster.

Bullfrog Films | 2020 | 82 minutes | 10 - 12, College, Adults
Counting on Democracy - imageCounting on Democracy

An examination of the fiasco in Florida in the context of the history of voting rights violations.

Bullfrog Films | 2003 | 57 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
Finally Got the News - imageFinally Got the News

The classic film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, one of the most significant expressions of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s

Icarus Films | 1970 | 55 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult

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