Celebrate Black History Month Through Film

During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month – a time when we acknowledge and reflect upon the achievements made by African Americans in US History. Officially recognized in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford said that our country should “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Let’s take a look at some films that pay tribute to generations of African-American’s achievements in US History.

First up, Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Selma. Based on the voting rights marches that took place in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selma, which was also nominated for Best Picture, took home the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

Why has it taken so long for a movie to be made about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. you ask? Listen to producer/star Oprah Winfrey, director Ava DuVernay, and stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson as they help shed some light on the subject.

 

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Next, let’s take an inside look at the 2014 documentary about Anita Hill. Anita sheds light on the African-American lawyer who, by challenging Clarence Thomas and his nomination to the Supreme Court, brought sexual harassment in the workplace to the forefront of American Society. For a sneak peek, here’s the trailer to the riveting documentary:

 

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With Super Bowl 50 only a week away, Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football gives us the perfect opportunity to turn back the clock and learn about how four African American football players broke the NFL’s color barrier in 1946. This amazing story of Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis is told by sports historians and family members.

 

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the unique story of a recording artist who released his debut album at the age of 62. At the time his debut album was released, Charles Bradley was living in a Brooklyn Housing Project. That same year, Bradley accomplished making the cut in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 2011. Charles Bradley: Soul of America is a phenomenal story that teaches us about perseverance, persistence and pride. This is doc is a must-see for any music-lover and/or fan of soul/R&B music.