Every February, the country pays tribute to the struggles and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, but it shouldn’t stop then. This collection of movies about Black history to watch with your family can help you do that all year long.
Spearheaded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland, Black History Month began as national Negro History week in 1926. It wasn’t until 40 years later that President Gerald Ford officially recognized the celebration as Black History Month in 1976.
In 2021, the theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” According to the ASALH, this year’s theme highlights the “African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.”
“The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents,” the organization explains.” … The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.”
With this beautiful and important theme in mind, watching movies together as a family is one lovely way to honor Black history as we educate and pay homage. Of course, once Black History Month is over, it doesn’t mean you have to archive these titles for family movie night. Black history, after all, is American history. So whether you dive into a biography feature or an incredible drama, all of these films celebrate Black history and cultural diversity.