Black History Documentaries

by Tykesha77

There is a sizable selection of Black history documentaries available on streaming sites like Amazon and Netflix. As a student of Black Studies and journalism, the documentary genre lives at the intersection of my two greatest loves, Black History and storytelling. In short, Black history documentaries are my love language.

I’ve expressed my love of learning about Black History by visiting museums at home and while we’re traveling.  But museums aren’t the only medium filled with lessons on Black History.  Documentaries chronicle untold narratives to add depth and context to events, eras, and sometimes entire generations.

Here’s a list of some current offerings of Black documentaries (in alpha order) Here’s a list to kick-start your Black History binge-watching sesh:

BLACK HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES ON AMAZON

Black history documentaries

Black Ballerina (image courtesy of amazon.com)

  1. A Century of Black Cinema
  2. After Selma
  3. Althea*
  4. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power
  5. Answering the Call
  6. August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand*
  7. Back to Natural
  8. Black Ballerina
  9. Black, White & US
  10. Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed
  11. Death Of A Black Panther: Fred Hampton
  12. Escape from Candyland
  13. February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
  14. Fresh Dressed
  15. Half the Picture
  16. Harriet Tubman – They Called Her Moses
  17. I Am Barack: THIS IS MY STORY
  18. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
  19. John Lewis: Good Trouble*
  20. Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson*
  21. Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
  22. King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
  23. Little White Lie
  24. Marcus Garvey – A Giant Of Black Politics
  25. Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
  26. My Life with Rosie
  27. Obama to Selma
  28. Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me*
  29. Salute: The Story Behind the Image
  30. Sis, You Okay?
  31. Spies of Mississippi*
  32. Tell Them We Are Rising: Historically Black Colleges and Universities*
  33. That’s Livin’! The Zora Neale Hurston Story
  34. The Black Miami
  35. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975*
  36. The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story
  37. The Trials of Muhammad Ali
  38. TV in Black the First 50 years
  39. Two Black Men a Week
  40. When They Were Young

* Movies not included with your Amazon Prime Membership and will require a rental fee.

Black history documentaries

Legend: Bessie Coleman (image courtesy of amazon.com)

BLACK HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES ON NETFLIX

Black history documentaries

Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (image courtesy of netflix.com)

  1. 13th
  2. Becoming
  3. LA 92
  4. Let It Fall
  5. miles davis: birth of the cool
  6. Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story
  7. Quincy
  8. Strong Island
  9. The Black Godfather
  10. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  11. The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
  12. They Gotta Have Us
  13. Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  14. Uppity: The Willie T. Ribbs Story
  15. What Happened, Miss Simone?
  16. Who Killed Malcolm X?
  17. Who Shot the Sheriff?

What Happened, Miss Simone? (image courtesy of netflix.com)

Updated January 20, 2021

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