Celebrate Black History Month by watching a great movie. Below is just a few of the many wonderful stories true and fictional that explore and celebrate Black lives and voices. Not only does the Library have a variety of DVDs, there are many streaming movies available on Hoopla Digital and Kanopy.
After tragedy forces young Prince T’Challa to assume Wakanda’s throne, he is faced with the ultimate test, putting the fate of his country and the entire world at risk. Pitted against his own family, the new king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger.
42: the Jackie Robinson Story
History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. Place Hold on Movie
The Hate U Give
Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Place Hold on Movie
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Their brilliance and desire to dream big, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Place Hold on Movie
I Am Not Your Negro
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism based on James Baldwin’s unfinished project exploring the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Stream Movie. Put Hold on Movie.
A powerful true story follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation. One of his first and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian, a death-row inmate. Put Hold on Movie.
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Put Hold on Movie.
Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places. Stream Movie. Place Hold on Movie.
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