Black History Month Books and Movies


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As this year’s Black History Month kicks off, it’s crucial to approach these next 28 days with intention and an open mind.  

This important month highlights the achievements and culture of black Americans that frequently don’t get their stories told. It shows that black history is diverse, multifaceted, and something that needs to be celebrated! During this month, taking some time to read, watch, and listen to black stories is essential to increase our awareness of movements and culture.  

It can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to educating yourself about Black history and learning about Black culture. So, I’ve compiled a list of some impactful black history books and movies that are great resources to learn more about black culture.    

I’ve described and bolded the ones that I’ve read/watched below, but all are great places to start!

1. “Stamped”

This book helps investigate and dig deeper into the racism in our society. Definitely a heavy read, but impactful.  

2. “Brown Girl Dreaming”

Jaqueline Woodson talks about her childhood and growing up in the 1960s and 70s and the Civil Rights Movement.  

3. “Hidden Figures”

talks about several African American women working at NASA that played a fundamental yet underplayed role in getting John Glenn into space.  

4. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

This book discusses Malcolm X’s ideas and life.  

5. “The Other Black Girl” (book)

6. “Just Mercy” (book & movie)

7. “Akeelah and the Bee” (movie)

8. “The hate you give” (book)

9. “42” (movie)

10. “Homecoming” (movie)

11. “A ballerina tale” (movie)

12. “Race” (movie)

13. “13th” (movie) 

14. “Cast” (book)