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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 in spite of tremendous obstacles.

To help campuses make the most of this month, we have assembled a collection of 32 essential documentaries focused on African-American 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

Made for the William Greaves-produced WNET program Black Journal, A TRIBUTE TO MALCOLM X includes an interview with Malcolm X’s widow Dr. Betty Shabazz, shortly after his 1965 assassination.

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 Cumberland County, North Carolina — the 2016 'posterchild' for voter suppression intent on proving that the big idea of 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 - imageCooked

From award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, COOKED 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

A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, 'in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s.' - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.

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

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