Educative Black History Movies are educational films about African-American history. They include “The Birth of a Nation” and “The African American Man” among others.
-In the post-World War II South, two families fight social and racial injustices and, at times, each other.
-Racism is not glossed over.
-This story is based on Ron Stallworth’s memoirs of the same name in which the first Black detective in the Colorado Springs police department impersonates a white man in order to take down the KKK.
Raisin in the Sun
-This is a spectacular performance by acting legend Sidney Poitier, based on the award-winning play.
Straight Outta Compton
-If you’re familiar with the rap group N.W.A., its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, or any of their songs, this movie’s for you.
-Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
-This Oscar-winning film does the impressive work of spotlighting another story previously lost to history.
-N/B: In fact, Denzel Washington nabbed his first Oscar from Glory.
-Unfortunately, history often reduces Malcolm X to the more violent counterpart of Martin Luther King Jr.
12 Years a Slave
-Take a deep breath, and dive into this film, which won multiple Oscars—including Best Picture.
-It’s also very heartwarming, with beautiful performances from Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer.
Educative black history movies teach us a lot about the neglected history.