Black History Documentaries on Amazon and Netflix

by Tykesha77

Netflix and Amazon Prime recently released or reorganized a slew of free Black content on their streaming sites to include a sizable selection of Black documentaries.

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 travel.  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 of the current offerings of Black documentaries (in alpha order) that you might want to add to your binge-watching queue:

Amazon Prime

  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. Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader
  9. Before the West Coast
  10. Black, White & US
  11. Bud Fowler and the Page Fence Giants
  12. Death of a Black Panther Fred Hampton
  13. Escape from Candyland
  14. February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
  15. Fresh Dressed
  16. Half the Picture
  17. Harriet Tubman: The call her Moses
  18. I Am Not Your Negro
  19. John Lewis: Get in the Way
  20. John L. Walker: Striving for Equality
  21. Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson
  22. Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
  23. King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
  24. Little White Lie
  25. Major!
  26. Marcus Garvey: A Giant of Black Politics
  27. Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP
  28. My Life with Rosie
  29. Obama to Selma
  30. Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
  31. Salute
  32. Sis, You OK?
  33. Spies of Mississippi
  34. Tell Them We Are Rising
  35. The Black Miami
  36. The Black Panthers
  37. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
  38. The Legend: Bessie Coleman
  39. The Trials of Muhammad Ali
  40. The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
  41. TV in Black the First 50 years
  42. Two Black Men a Week
  43. When They Were Young

Legend: Bessie Coleman (image courtesy of


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

Legend: Bessie Coleman (image courtesy of

Which movies are you planning to add to your binge-watching list? 

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