Join us as we honor Black History Month by celebrating Black stories, achievements and cultural contributions that have shaped our local and national communities.
Explore Black History through Film and TV
Uncover incredible stories by Black directors, producers, writers and actors.
Stream these series which highlight the culture and contributions of Black Americans in documentary and fiction-formats.
- Voices of Fire (Netflix) – This series, produced by Pharrell Williams, explores gospel choirs across the United States and what makes them successful and so influential.
- Woke (Hulu) – An African-American cartoonist on the brink of making it big experiences an unexpected incident that changes his outlook on life.
- Free Meek (Prime Video) – This documentary series tells the story of beloved Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill from his rise in the music business to his work in criminal justice reform.
- I May Destroy You (HBO Max) – Follow Arabella (Michaela Coel), a flourishing young writer and a confident Londoner, through her experience with consent.
Dive into these films made by and featuring Black artists.
- See You Yesterday (Netflix) – Two inner-city teens, (CJ and Sebastian), attempt to build a time machine to go back in time and stop the death of CJ’s brother in this sci-fi film directed by a Spike Lee protege.
- Bessie (HBO Max) – Queen Latifah stars as the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this biopic.
- Sylvie’s Love (Prime Video) – In the 1950s, a Harlem record shop is the setting for a sultry romance between the shop owner’s daughter and an eager saxophonist.
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu) – Based on the popular novel by James Baldwin, this film is the story of a young couple whose future plans are derailed when he’s wrongfully convicted of a crime.
Expand your knowledge of Black History with these documentaries.
- All In: The Fight for Democracy (Prime Video) – A documentary about the history of voter suppression and the activists who fight for the voting rights of all U.S. citizens.
- Mr. SOUL! (HBO Max) – The true story of Mr. Soul!, America’s first “Black Tonight Show” and its host, Ellis Haizlip, who paved the way for other Black talk show hosts like Oprah and Arsenio.
- Becoming (Netflix) – Join first lady Michelle Obama as she tours the U.S. and documents her life, hopes and relationships.
- The Gospel According To André (Hulu) – A look at André Leon Talley’s life, from his segregated childhood to his innovative work at Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue.
Leaders Who Paved the Way
Charles Hamilton Houston
Charles Hamilton Houston revealed the hollowness of the “separate but equal” doctrine and paved the way for the Supreme Court ruling prohibiting school segregation.
Harry T. and Harriette Moore
Harry T. and Harriette Moore were a couple active in the civil rights movement who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms they won for their community.
James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson was a prominent lawyer and diplomat who served as an executive secretary at NAACP for a decade and wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Arthur Ashe was a notable athlete and dedicated civil rights activist who led as an ambassador of equality and goodwill, all while experiencing a legendary tennis career.
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States.
Learn About Black History
Follow these resources to learn more about Black history, the invaluable contributions made by Black Americans, and how you can help further this important work into the future.
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