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List of Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Black History Month

One of the many reasons why Black History Month was first observed by Carter G. Woodson is so people would not get the wrong idea about African-American’s history, culture, and art. In honor of that spirit left behind by Woodson, it might be a good idea for us to pick some movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month to understand the struggle of those with African-American origin.

  1. The Butler (2013)


Our first pick on the list of some movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month is The Butler, a 2013 film loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen. Eugene worked for 34 years at the White House before his retirement in 1986 as a head butler. In this movie, we could see some political events such as how Eisenhower tried to support desegregation by sending troops to Little Rock Central High School.

  1. Selma (2014)


One of the most influential many people talk about during the Black History Month is Martin Luther King Jr., and this movie based itself on one of the many marches led by Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, James Bevel, and Hosea Williams. However, this movie received some criticism due to the historical inaccuracies it has.

  1. Hairspray (1988/2007)


Hairspray is our next pick for the movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month. The movie is set in early 1960s Baltimore, and deals with many issues such as sexism, race, and even weight. The twist is: all those issues are tackled while your foot will keep tapping to the beat. There are two versions of this movie, the 2007 casting John Travolta as one of the characters, or the 1988 original version.

  1. The Great Debaters (2007)


The Great Debaters got into our pick for the movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month because of how wonderful the story about struggle inside the movie really is. This movie was based on a true story that revolves around Melvin B. Tolson, a debate coach in Wiley College played by Denzel Washington that challenged Harvard in the national championship.

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)


Our last movie pick for movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month falls to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This movie tells the story of Miles Morales who was bitten by a radioactive spider and gains spider-like abilities. Not only the main character is an African-American, it only shows some of their culture.

  1. Black-ish(2014)

Black-ish is our only TV show on this list of movies and TV shows to watch on Black History Month. This TV show is a sitcom that follows the life of an upper middle class African-American family that is led by Andre Johnson (played by Anthony Anderson) and his wife Rainbow Johnson (played by Tracee Ellis Ross) as they juggle many personal and sociopolitical issues.

 

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