February is Black History Month


Since 1976, when February was deemed Black History Month, the month has been hailed as a time to highlight the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history.

Conceived of by Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans, the event grew out of “Negro History Week” and is also known as African American History Month.  Although originating in the U.S., other countries around the world such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Each year Black History Month is associated with a different theme. This year we focus on the Black Family: representation, identity and diversity. In honor of this year’s theme, we’ve provided you with a variety of lists and outlets to engage with Black history and contemporary Black culture. We encourage you to take time with your families to explore one of the many movies, books, or sites listed below.

Movies:

Netflix

  • Mudbound
  • Strong Island
  • The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
  • The Black Godfather
  • 13th
  • The Help
  • When They See Us
  • Fruitvale Station
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Night Comes On
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Amazon

  • August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
  • Crown Heights
  • Marshall
  • Basquiat: Rags to Riches
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Remember the Titans
  • Selma
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Loving
  • Ali
  • Maya Angelou and Still I Rise
  • Whitney

Hulu

  • Detroit
  • The Gospel According to Andre
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amazing Grace
  • Fast Color
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am
  • Hidden Figures

Books:

Articles:

Virtual Museums:


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