Five Movies to Watch During Black History Month

By Saron Messay

With Black Panther breaking records during long-awaited premiere (just in time for Black History Month!), what better way to reflect on all our favorite African-American led movies to watch before the month is over.


TheImage result for the great debaters Great Debaters

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.



Hidden Figures

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.


Queen of Katwe 

The inspiring true story of a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion. Your family will love the strong themes of empathy, humility, integrity, perseverance and teamwork.





 Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.  An inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.


Remember the Titans

The year is 1971. After leading his team to 15 winning seasons, football coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone, a tough, opinionated and very different from the beloved Yoast. How these two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions plays out in a remarkable and winning story.



For more movies to watch before Black History Month is over, check out more suggestions at Common Sense Media.

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