With injustice to black people dating all the way back to the 1800’s, it is time to educate yourself on black history. Black history is not just about slavery, there are black inventors, entrepreneurs, leaders, and so much more apart of black history. The world would not be the same without our beautiful black brother’s and sister’s. Check out the top films to watch below. These films explain African ancestry in Latin America, show viewers black history that is hidden in the textbooks, and etc.
Rosewood is a very important film that everyone needs to watch. Rosewood is based upon the true historical event, the Rosewood Massacre, that is not documented in textbooks. In 1923, white people burned down a town built by black people in Florida. More than several people died due to the Rosewood Massacre. This event was initiated by a white woman that claimed to be assaulted by a black man.
Roots was one of the first films in Hollywood to portray slavery on the movie screen. This mini-series focuses on an African male, Alex Hayley, who was abducted from his African tribe, and was sold into the slave trade. Roots focuses on the Civil War, emancipation, education, and Alex Hayley’s family tree throughout the years in America.
3. Black In Latin America
Black In Latin America is a documentary that explores the African roots in Latin America. Black In Latin America explains the African history in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Cuba. Harvard scholar, Henry Louis Gates Jr., explains the African roots in Latin-America and the Caribbean that tends to be overlooked. Did you know that the first president in Mexico, named Vicente Guerrero, was black?
4. Malcolm X
Malcolm X is a phenomenal film to watch to know how influential the late activist was. Malcolm X was one of the main leaders during the Civil Right’s Movement. This film portrays Malcolm X’s worldwide rise to change(that still has an impact in today’s society) and his death, but the late influential leader legacy will forever live on.
5. 12 Years A Slave
12 Year’s A Slave is about a free man from New York that is kidnapped and sold into the slave trade. Throughout the 12 years, Solomon Northup, faces psychical abuse, traumatizing events, losing his dignity, and being a slave for the first time in his life. As Solomon becomes a slave for the 12th year, he will meet a man that will help and change his life forever.