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Black History Month Sampler

A sampler of films to celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month, assigned to February, is an opportunity to explore and reflect on the rich history of struggle and achievement of African Americans in spite of tremendous obstacles.

To help campuses make the most of this month, we have assembled a collection of 14 essential documentaries focused on African-American history.

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AltheaAlthea

Pioneering athlete Althea Gibson broke records on and off the tennis court.

Icarus Films ♦ 2015 ♦ 83 minutes
Come Hell or High WaterCome Hell or High Water

When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2014 ♦ 56 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
Finally Got the NewsFinally Got the News

A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, 'in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s.' - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.

Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 55 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
Fundi: The Story of Ella BakerFundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, FUNDI reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker played in shaping the American civil rights movement.

Icarus Films ♦ 1981 ♦ 63 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
The Great FloodThe Great Flood

Filmmaker Bill Morrison and musician Bill Frisell evoke the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and its many legacies.

Icarus Films ♦ 2013 ♦ 80 minutes ♦ 8-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
I Am SomebodyI Am Somebody

1969 hospital workers struggle in Charleston, South Carolina.

Icarus Films ♦ 1970 ♦ 30 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
In Motion: Amiri BarakaIn Motion: Amiri Baraka

Biographical profile of the out-spoken African-American writer.

Icarus Films ♦ 1983 ♦ 60 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
The Intolerable BurdenThe Intolerable Burden

One black family's commitment to a quality education, from the pre-1965 time of segregation, through desegregation, and through the recent period of resegregation. **Winner, John E. O'Connor Film Award, American Historical Association**

Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 56 minutes ♦ 7-12, College, Adult
The Long Walk To FreedomThe Long Walk To Freedom

A story of 12 ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things in the Civil Rights movement.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2004 ♦ 29 minutes ♦ 7 - 12, College, Adult
Love and SolidarityLove and Solidarity

An exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2016 ♦ 38 minutes ♦ 9 - 12, College, Adults

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