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Day 2: Top 10 documentaries to learn about ‘the history of us’

28 Days of Black History

By Coshandra Dillard

The saying goes, “you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where  you’ve been.” We often take for granted those who paved the way for our freedoms today. So, before we get deep into Black History Month, let’s put some things into historical context.

What are the issues that African Americans continue to struggle with and why? How is trauma passed down? Have we “reached the mountain top?”

The following documentaries can help us answer some of those questions, and hopefully inspire viewers to not only appreciate their heritage, but also spur positive change in their respective communities.  PBS series have produced numerous documentaries detailing the experiences of black life in America, including a six-part series that encompasses the stories from America’s earliest Africans, struggles and triumphs, innovators, civil rights leaders, black power activists and modern-day successes. A DVD set is now available here. Other documentaries are available on PBS, Amazon, or on Netflix. You may have to travel to see “I Am Not Your Negro,” released on Friday, as no theaters in Tyler appear to be showing this film.

Below are the trailers.

1. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS)


2. Freedom Riders


3. The Untold Story of Emmett Till


4. I Am Not Your Negro


5. Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (PBS)

6. Eyes on the Prize

7. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin – Trailer


8. Black Power Remix 1967- 1975

9.The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


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