Black Movies for White People

I confess: I’m white.

But I also love America–the diverse America. White, black, yellow, red, brown, tan, all of it. I appreciate the melting pot that America is, what with the diverse types of music, film, food, and dress.

I love the differing languages, the histories of each group and family, and what future America can have … if we would learn to learn from each other. Get along? Each of us have no choice but to get to know our neighbors. Otherwise we will isolate ourselves. And become culturally bankrupt.

With my love for all types of Americans and what they contribute, may I suggest the following films. I’m listing them in no particular order, but I am listing those I have seen or want to soon watch. Note that some of these movies are for mature audiences.

Join me in 28 movies to become a more rounded, cultured caucasian:

  1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  2. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  3. Glory (1989)
  4. Selma (2014)
  5. Winnie Mandela (2013)
  6. Loving (2016)
  7. Fences (2016)
  8. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  9. Gang War (1940)
  10. The Butler (2013)
  11. Boyz N’ the Hood (1991)
  12. Freedom (2015)
  13. Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
  14. The Wiz (1978)
  15. Hate Crimes in the Heartland (2015)
  16. Moonlight (2016)
  17. Hidden Figures (2016)
  18. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
  19. Daughters of the Dust (1991)
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  21. Hallelujah! (1929)
  22. 42 (2013)
  23. Malcolm X (1992)
  24. The Color Purple (1985)
  25. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  26. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  27. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  28. Roots (1977)

If you’ve seen a large amount of these, you can always add see the following:

School Daze (1988), Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Precious, The 13th, Nat Turner, What Happened Miss Simone? To Sir with Love, Akeelah and the Bee, Sounder, Straight Outta Compton, Black and White (2015), Mandela, MIssissippi Damned, For the Love of Liberty, Menace II Society, Blackbird, A Patch of Blue, Marcus Garvey, Within Our Gates, New Orleans (1947), Jackie Robinson, Ethnic Notions, Wattstax, Harlem Nights, Black Gangster, Cooley High, Princess and the Frog, Paris is Burning, Creed (2015), Lean on Me, and Baadassss!

If I’ve missed some important African-American themed films that others should see, please name them in the comments area.


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