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Films for Black History Month

The history of blacks in the South as seen through the eyes of a 110-year-old former slave. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in the 1950s to create the first immortal human cell line resulting in medical breakthroughs.

Director Spike Lee fashions a bold, flavorful picture of family life in a crowded but cozy Brooklyn neighborhood nicknamed "Crooklyn" by the Carmichaels, who experience one very special summer in their hometown under difficult but often wonderful circumstances.

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history launches him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

This film dramatizes the events leading to the landmark Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation.

Dramatic biography of Rosa McCauley Parks, who in 1955 created the spark that began the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Set in Baltimore of the 1940s, the story of Dr. Alfred Blalok and lab tech Vivien Thomas who defy strictly enforced racial boundaries to develop heart surgery techniques to help babies.

Akeelah must overcome a distracting home life to compete in the national spelling bee which in turn helps unite her South Los Angeles neighborhood to rally behind her.

Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy - known as CTE - in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes..

It is 1943 and the Germans are winning the Second World War as the U.S. suffers huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when Black flyers are not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, through the brutal demands of their training, to the perils of flying over nations at war, the men they call the Tuskegee Airmen must undertake the riskiest mission of their lives--to prove to America that courage knows no color. 

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Wilma Rudolph became the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals. But the most amazing part of this true story is that Wilma was stricken in her youth with crippling polio, a disease she conquered to become one of America's greatest female athletes.

Story of Black activist Stephen Biko and a liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world.

This film chronicles author Clifton Taulbert's coming-of-age in Glen Allan, Mississippi during the days of the segregated South.

The story of Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who became the first African American to be Solicitor General and a Supreme Court justice.

The incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. 

The story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century..

Follows a group of different men traveling from Los Angeles to the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. They board the bus as strangers but emerge three days and thousands of miles later as brothers.

Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story.

August 1944. Four black soldiers of the all-black 92nd Infantry Division get trapped near the small Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.

Inspiring story of Malcolm X, as he rises up from poverty, encounters the law, achieves spiritual enlightenment, and reaches out to others in the fight for human and civil rights.

Story of a black sharecropper family in Louisiana during the Depression. A father steals food for his family; his wife provides love, security and strength while he is in prison; and their oldest son bravely becomes the man of the house until his father returns. Based on the novel by William Armstrong.

History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era.  

A dramatization of the long delayed trial for the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

After having been kept on the ground during World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group are called into action under the direction of Colonel A.J. Bullard.

The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.

The story of Ernie Davis, who became the first African-American college football player to win the Hesiman Trophy.

After Nelson Mandela becomes the president of South Africa, he tries to unite his country by asking the national rugby team to compete in and win the 1995 World Cup championship.

Two idealistic young Bostonians lead the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, America's first Black regiment in the Civil War.

The true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company, who were all black porters were simply named "George", after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves.

When bright six year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time.

In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three civil rights leaders who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration.

After having been kept on the ground during World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group are called into action under the direction of Colonel A.J. Bullard.

During the 1950's, three African Americans baseball players, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and rookie Jackie Robinson are considered to be included in the white lmajor eagues.

In 1923 a black town in Florida was burned to the ground, and its people murdered because of a lie. Some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people.

When three civil activists come up missing, two FBI agents are sent to investigate the disappearances.