Great African American Experience Movies

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World Movie Poster Image
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Powerful, kid-friendly intro to black history stories.

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(Release Year: 2010)

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Inspirational animated tale of famous black ballerina soars.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Smart animation introduces African-American inventor.

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(Release Year: 2007)

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Powerful tale of former slave with big ideas about freedom.

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(Release Year: 2005)

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A sensitive, powerful drama on race issues.

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(Release Year: 1988)

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Engrossing dance docu introduces powerful role model.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Uplifting docu spotlights legendary high school jazz band.

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(Release Year: 2011)

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Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.

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(Release Year: 2016)

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Historical drama lacks subtlety but has positive messages.

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(Release Year: 1998)

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Inspiring football drama brings history to life.

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(Release Year: 2000)

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Heartwarming fact-based drama about faith, race, football.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Moving tribute to two civil rights widows’ legacies.

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(Release Year: 2013)

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Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.

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(Release Year: 2002)

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Inspirational true story tackles race, football.

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(Release Year: 2008)

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Civil rights, love, and family drama in ’60s classic.

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(Release Year: 1967)

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Poignant, thought-provoking civil rights tale.

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(Release Year: 2011)

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Inspiring sports tale takes on racism; cursing, drugs.

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(Release Year: 2007)

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Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.

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(Release Year: 2008)

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A strong family triumphs over poverty and racism.

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(Release Year: 1972)

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Warm family drama brings the civil rights movement to life.

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(Release Year: 2013)

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Engaging ensemble comedy has some salty language.

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(Release Year: 2002)

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Humanizing look at start of civil rights movement.

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(Release Year: 2001)

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Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on.

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(Release Year: 2007)

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Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

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(Release Year: 1994)

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Powerful, thought-provoking drama about race, activism.

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(Release Year: 2018)

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Powerful documentary explores race, art, and activism.

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(Release Year: 2017)

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Forceful telling of Angelou’s coming-of-age book.

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(Release Year: 1999)

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Moving Civil Rights story heavy on “N” word but uplifting.

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(Release Year: 1991)

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Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.

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(Release Year: 1992)

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Classic based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play.

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(Release Year: 1961)

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Outstanding drama about MLK’s fight for equal rights.

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(Release Year: 2014)

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Emotionally raw docu on racial injustice in America.

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(Release Year: 2017)

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Eye-opening docu on horrific ’50s murder has graphic images.

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(Release Year: 2005)

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Profound docu explores African-American racial identity.

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(Release Year: 2008)

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Engaging film with a terrific message.

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(Release Year: 2005)

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Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.

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(Release Year: 1986)

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Award-winning history of the American Civil Rights movement.

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(Release Year: 2010)

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Funny, smart docu is OK for older teens.

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(Release Year: 2009)

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Classic miniseries is essential viewing for mature teens.

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(Release Year: 1977)

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True story of African-Americans in WWII has mature themes.

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(Release Year: 1995)

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Imperfect but must-see epic drama with major cruelty.

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(Release Year: 2013)

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Riveting slavery epic is artful, sobering, and inspiring.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Mature, beautifully acted drama from “Moonlight” director.

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(Release Year: 2018)

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Masterful drama set in 1940s South has brutality, racism.

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(Release Year: 2017)

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Awful crime becomes civil rights flash point in moving docu.

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(Release Year: 2017)

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Searing docu decries racial bias; intense violence, cursing.

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(Release Year: 2016)

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Gritty biopic has sex, violence, drinking, great music.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Essential drama about violent chapter in U.S. history.

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(Release Year: 2017)

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Spike Lee’s masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.

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(Release Year: 1989)

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Excellent Civil War movie has graphic violence, profanity.

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(Release Year: 1989)

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Rise and fall of talented star documents racism, sexuality.

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(Release Year: 1999)

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Honest, positive look at urban teens; mature themes.

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(Release Year: 2001)

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Spike Lee’s masterful and disturbing Katrina docu.

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(Release Year: 2006)

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Satire offers insightful, very edgy look at race relations.

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(Release Year: 2014)

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Brilliant, mature coming-of-age story explores race, class.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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Heartbreaking, mature, unforgettable coming-of-age drama.

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(Release Year: 2016)

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Edgy but powerful story of incendiary ’80s rap group.

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(Release Year: 2015)

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