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Must Watch Black History Month Movies!

As a Afro Latina mom, February is Black History Month is very important to me. It’s a good opportunity to educate yourself on Black issues and the struggles Black people face on a daily basis. If you have no idea what the Black experience is like, I’ve put together a list of movies, both fiction and non-fiction that will give you some insight. Here is a good selection of Black History Month movies to watch in 2021!

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11 Black History Month Movies TO WATCH

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is a must watch for anyone looking to see Black scientists.. The majority of scientists aren’t Black women, however, this movie tells the story of three Black women (Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) who worked for NASA in the 1960’s! These women were insturmental behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn.

Glory

Glory tells the story of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The 54th participated in the Battle of Fort Wagner in the Civil War, losing the majority of their regiment.

Mudbound

Mudbound depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way. Mary J Blige and Jason Mitchell are excellent as mother and son.

Red Tails

Red Tails is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) servicemen during World War II.

Selma

Directed by Ava Duvernay, Selma is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

Loving

Quiet and movie, Loving is a must watch for anyone in a interracial relationship. It tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court (the Warren Court) decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage

Uncorked

Uncorked is the wonderful Netflix movie! A young man upsets his father when he pursues his dream of becoming a master sommelier instead of joining the family barbecue business.

13th

In 13th filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Moonlight

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

The Photograph

Need a romantic movie with Black characters? Then The Photograph is for you. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

MARSHALL

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses Black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

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