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Black History Month Movies

Black History Month Movies

Published: January 30, 2019

Each February in America, Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month) puts a focus on famous African-Americans who had a significant impact on how our country developed. First observed as a month-long observation in 1970, the celebration communicates history in a variety of ways and formats.

At the Library, we’re showcasing four “movies that matter” and screening them each Wednesday afternoon. As a group, they provide a powerful perspective on the African-American experience and help us remember the men and women whose lives and stories have contributed so richly to our joint heritage.

Following the fourth weekly movie, Associate Professor of History Dr. Veronica McComb of Lenoir-Rhyne University will lead a conversation about the movies and the issues they address.

The series includes:

  • February 6: The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story – Tells the story of a young Texas girl who trained to be a pilot in France in the 1920s, earning an international aviator’s license and becoming the first black person in history to receive a pilot’s license. 108 minutes.
  • February 13: The Tuskegee Airmen – Tracks the experience of the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and their quest for respect and acceptance. 60 minutes.
  • February 20: Race – Describes track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens’ path to gold-medal victory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, despite Hitler’s promotion of Aryan supremacy. 135 minutes.
  • February 27: More Than a Month – African-American film director Shukree Tilghman crosses the country trying to get support for ending Black History Month as separate from American history. 60 minutes.

Each film will be screened at 4 pm at the Main Library in Newton.