VIDEOS & MOVIES
Birth of a Nation (1915)
Perhaps the most racist movie made in American history. Historical drama about the American civil war and the rise of Ku Klux Klan.
Silent Black and White Film
Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003)
Documentary discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race.
PBS 3-Part Series
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
The Great Debaters (2007)
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Star-studded cast.
Reel Injun (2009)
Documentary about portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood
The Soloist (2009)
The unlikely friendship between Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, and Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless musician.
Drama Based on True Story
The Butler (2013)
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
I am Not Your Negro (2016)
Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Interracial marriage and the 1967 Supreme Court lawsuit.
Biographical Romantic Drama
Hidden Figures (2016)
Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.
Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)
RUMBLE is the electric story of how Native American influence shaped rock and roll, a missing chapter in music history.
Rock & Roll Documentary
When They See Us (2019)
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.
Black and white film centers on two light-skinned Black women — one of whom passes for white.
King Richard (2021)
A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams. Will Smith won Best Actor from Screen Actors Guild for his performance.
Women of the Movement (2022)
n anthology series that chronicles the civil rights movement as told by the women behind it.
The Danger of a Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.