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 PRIME
- A Century of Black Cinema
- After Selma
- Anita: Speaking Truth to Power
- Answering the Call
- August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand*
- Back to Natural
- Black Ballerina
- Black, White & US
- Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed
- Death Of A Black Panther: Fred Hampton
- Escape from Candyland
- February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
- Fresh Dressed
- Half the Picture
- Harriet Tubman – They Called Her Moses
- I Am Barack: THIS IS MY STORY
- I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
- John Lewis: Good Trouble*
- Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson*
- Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
- King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
- Little White Lie
- Marcus Garvey – A Giant Of Black Politics
- Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
- My Life with Rosie
- Obama to Selma
- Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me*
- Salute: The Story Behind the Image
- Sis, You Okay?
- Spies of Mississippi*
- Tell Them We Are Rising: Historically Black Colleges and Universities*
- That’s Livin’! The Zora Neale Hurston Story
- The Black Miami
- The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975*
- The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story
- The Trials of Muhammad Ali
- TV in Black the First 50 years
- Two Black Men a Week
- When They Were Young
* Movies not included with your Amazon Prime Membership and will require a rental fee.
BLACK HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES ON NETFLIX
- LA 92
- Let It Fall
- miles davis: birth of the cool
- Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story
- Strong Island
- The Black Godfather
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
- The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
- They Gotta Have Us
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story
- Uppity: The Willie T. Ribbs Story
- What Happened, Miss Simone?
- Who Killed Malcolm X?
- Who Shot the Sheriff?
Updated January 20, 2021
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