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      Must Watch Black History Films

      Posted by Olivia G. on Feb 2, 2024 12:18:55 PM

      Screenshot 2024-02-02 092102-1Black History Month is a time to reflect on diversity and inclusion while educating yourself and your family on the history and accomplishments of the black community. After immersing yourself in these films and documentaries, you will better understand and sympathize with what "history in the making" really means.

      Tuskegee Airmen- Learn the story of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first Black military flying unit during World War II. This feature-length documentary was produced and created by Lucasfilm in 2012. It is available on YouTube here! 

      1982- Inspired by true events at the beginning of the crack epidemic in Philadelphia. It tells the story of a father and his efforts to protect his daughter from this epidemic and her drug-addicted mother. He learns hard truths about marriage, life, and parenthood.

      12 Years a Slave- Based on a true story, Solomon Northup, a free black man, is sold into slavery after being abducted from upstate New York. Through Soloman’s journey, there are ups and downs to the chance of meeting a Canadian abolitionist.

      Black Panther- After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Prince T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new king. Through the film, we see his challenges of becoming the Black Panther.

      Selma- The unforgettable chronicles in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Watch this film about the march from Selma to Montgomery.

      Harriet- This film tells the thrilling and inspirational story of Harriet Tubman’s journey and escape from slavery into one of America’s greatest heroes.

      Just Mercy- Based on a true story, it follows a young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice.

      Love and Basketball- This 2000 film follows Quincy and Monica, childhood friends, as they grow up together. They have a similar passion for basketball as they eventually follow separate career paths into big-league professional ball.

      Moonlight- Three-time Oscar winning film following three periods in the life of a black-American Chiron through his young adolescence, mid-teen, and young adult.

      Fences-Follow Troy Maxson making his living as a sanitation worker in the 1950s located in Pittsburg. Although he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, he was deemed “too old”.

      Black history is world history. Many people are quick to disregard "historical" moments as personally insignificant, thinking they happened a "lifetime ago", that we have learned the lessons, and stop there with, "Hey, we are doing better now, right?" altafiber's BOLD Employee Resource Group encourages you to think differently, because history is being made all the time. Learn more about BOLD HERE!

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      Interested in watching these films? They are all available for rent or purchase on Fioptics Ch.1 Video on Demand. 


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